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June 16, 2014

City of Chicago Presents “Hebru Brantley: Parade Day Rain” Exhibition, June 14 – Sept. 23 at Chicago Cultural Center

FREE summer exhibition features sculptures, paintings, murals and more by “Chicago's Hip-Hop Art Star,” Hebru Brantley

Jamey Lundblad    312.744.2493 Jamey.Lundblad@cityofchicago.org

The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, will host eight FREE exhibitions this summer with an emphasis on object and graphic design, street art, the blues, architecture and the work of several Chicago-based artists – including Hebru Brantley, called “Chicago’s Hip-Hop Art Star” by Chicago Magazine.

Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion in a solo show, Hebru Brantley: Parade Day Rain, June 14 – September 23 in Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade, this exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Brantley, a Bronzeville-native living and working in Chicago, explores personal and cultural memory in his art. Brantley draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring.

The exhibit is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm; Friday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; closed holidays. Admission is FREE.

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.