September 28, 2017

City of Chicago Public Art Festival Celebrates the Year of Public Art with Events Featuring New Artworks as part of the 50x50 Neighborhood Art Project

The month-long festival will culminate with a Public Art Symposium on October 26 and 27

Mary May    312.744.0576, mary.may@cityofchicago.org

Christine Carrino    312.744.0573, christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org

Year of Public Art Photos

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will celebrate the Year of Public Art with a month-long, citywide Public Art Festival throughout October, culminating with a Public Art Symposium on October 26 and 27 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The symposium will convene artists, scholars, community organizers and public agents to celebrate art across the city. The culminating event coincides with the release of Chicago’s first Public Art Plan, a set of recommendations that will help shape the future of public art in Chicago. Grant support for the Year of Public Art is provided by Allstate Insurance Company and Terra Foundation for American Art.

As part of the year’s activities, the month-long, citywide Public Art Festival will celebrate the completion of several new artworks created as part of the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, a citywide initiative that commissioned dozens of local artists to create new sculptures, murals and other public artworks in Chicago’s 50 wards, representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects. In June, the City of Chicago announced the selected local artists and the participating communities. Many of these works are in the early stages of production and will be dedicated this October during the festival.

Projects that have been completed or are nearing completion include:

Completed Projects

  • 3rd Ward – Community Solar Powered Pyramid, Ald. Pat Dowel and Olusola Akintunde
  • 10th Ward – Mural on SkyArt, Ald. Susan Garza and Jeff Zimmermann with SkyArt students
  • 20th Ward – Mosaic Mural at 63rd St., Ald. Willie Cochran  and Green Star Movement
  • 22nd Ward – Yollocalli Murals, Ald. Ricardo Munoz and Yollocalli Art Reach (three locations)
  • 24th Ward – 7000 Oaks Project in Lawndale’s Homan Square. Ald, Michael Scott, Joseph Bueys and SAIC Office of Engagement
  • 30th Ward – Four Murals at the Kilburn Park Oranic Greenhouse, Ald. Ariel Reboyras and Northwester Arts Association (September 30 Celebration and Dedication)
  • 37th Ward – Industry of the Ordinary, Temporary Performance on the history of labor in the community, Ald. Emma Mitts and Adam Brooks and Mat Wilson
  • 44th Ward – Mural at Belmont and Kenmore, Ald. Tom Tunney and Green Star Movement

 

Works near completion, in progress or about to begin:

  • 9th Ward – Historic Pullman Mural, Ald. Anthony Beale and Rahmaan Barnes
  • 11th Ward – Dance Performance, October 5-7 in Palimissano Park – ELEMENTAL, Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson and Erica Mott.
  • 19th Ward – Sculpture at Bohn Park, Ald. Matt O’Shea and Davis McCarty
  • 25th Ward – Mural Project, Ald. Danny Solis and El Paseo Community Garden
  • 26th Ward – Murals – 16 doors on Division Street between Western and California honoring Puerto Rico, Ald. Roberto Maldonado and Sam Kirk and various artists
  • 27th Ward – Yellow Brick Road at CHI site at Western and Adams, Ald. Walter Burnett and Amanda Williams
  • 31st Ward – Tunnel Murals at Diversey, Ald. Milly Santiago and Bryant Jones
  • 32nd Ward – Mural on The 606, Ald. Scott Waguespack and Tony Passero
  • 33rd Ward – Territory – Albany Park People Spot, Ald. Deb Mell and Territory, (Oct. 7-8 installation)
  • 37th Ward – Photographic Lightbox/Partnership with CTA, Ald. Emma Mits and Dorrel Chrightney Photography
  • 40th Ward – Totems at the West Ridge Nature Preserve, Ald. Patrick O’Connor and Green Star Movement
  • 41st Ward – O’Hare Airport, Ald. Anthony Napolitano and Mitchell Egly
  • 42nd Ward – Sculpture at State and Lake Street, Ald. Brendan Reilly and John Aducci
  • 43rd Ward – Mural at the Armitage EL Station, Ald. Michelle Smith and Ruben Aguirre
  • 45th Ward – Sculpture (Ho-Chunck Indians), Ald. John Arena and Bernard Williams
  • 46th Ward – Monumental Sculpture at Triangle Intersection, Ald. James Cappleman and Lucy Silivinski
  • 48th Ward – Cheryl Pope Championship Banners at the Broadway Armory, Ald. Harry Osterman and Cheryl Pope

For additional information and images for the various projects, visit cityofchicago.org/YOPA and click the link to download 50x50 Project Photos or Renderings.

Other festival highlights include Arts in the Dark presented by LUMA8 on Saturday, October 21 at 6pm, when the city’s many creative spirits will unite for a magical Halloween parade on Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.

For more information about the Year of Public Art including a schedule of events throughout the city, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa. Public Art Festival events will be added throughout the month.

 

Year of Public Art Fall Events – Highlights

(Schedule is subject to change)

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Special Event: Public Art Festival

October 2017

Throughout the entire month, a series of neighborhood programs and events will highlight the public art located throughout the city. Grant support provided by Allstate Insurance Company. For details, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa

Locations citywide

FREE

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Artworks: 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Projects

October 2017

The 50x50 Neighborhood Art Project is a collaboration between DCASE, Aldermanic Offices, residents and artists. The goal is to bring new public art installations for residents and visitors to enjoy to all 50 wards. For details, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa.

Locations citywide

FREE

 

CrowdOut (Performance)

Chicago Humanities Festival and Illinois Humanities

October 1

3-3:45pm

One thousand Chicagoans from every corner of the city will gather to perform the American debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s crowd out. Join us for this civic occasion, co-produced by the Chicago Humanities Festival and Illinois Humanities. For more information, visit www.crowdoutchicago.org.

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

FREE

 

Terrain Biennial

Exhibition: Terrain Biennial

October 1–November 15, 2017

October 1: Opening Block Party

The 3rd Annual Terrain Biennial repurposes private spaces, such as front yards, and fills them with artworks that challenge traditional notions of home, neighborhood and public art. The Biennial will engage spaces across the country, with a focus on the City of Chicago's 50 wards. For details, visit terrainexhibitions.com.

Locations citywide

 

LUMA8

Special Event: Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

October 21, 6pm

Chicago's diverse creative spirits unite in a magical nighttime Halloween parade. (The DCASE contingent will be public art themed.) For details, visit www.facebook.com/LUMA8Chicago/.

Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.

FREE

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Special Event: Public Art Symposium

October 26–27

Coinciding with the release of Chicago’s first Public Art Plan, artists, scholars, community organizers and public agents will convene to explore the interesting values of their work in public art.

Grant support provided by Terra Foundation for American Art. For details, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

FREE

 

Hyde Park Art Center

Exhibition: Bill Walker: Urban Griot

November 5 – April 8, 2018

William “Bill” Walker was a prolific muralist best known for crating the iconic Wall of Respect on Chicago’s South Side. Urban Griot highlights Walker’s artwork beyond the wall in a series of drawings and paintings that he made between 1979 and 1984. For details, visit hydeparkart.org.

5020 S. Cornell Ave.

FREE

 

Kerry James Marshall Mural Dedication

Chicago Cultural Center

November 2017

Dedication event for the internationally renowned artist and MacArthur Fellow Kerry James Marshall’s epic, large-scale mural on the west façade of the Chicago Cultural Center honoring 20 women who have shaped the city’s vibrant arts and culture landscape. The 132-foot by 100-foot mural will is the largest artwork he has ever designed or created. Work will continue throughout October to coincide with the month-long Public Art Festival—during Chicago’s Year of Public Art.

78 E. Washington (at Garland Court)

 

Art Institute of Chicago

Talk: The Future of Public Art in Chicago

November 30, 6pm

Presented by The Department of Museum Education, DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly and others will discuss the future of public art in Chicago. For details, visit artic.edu.

111 S. Michigan Ave.

FREE Thursday Evenings for Illinois residents

 

Guided by the Chicago Cultural Plan, Mayor Emanuel has outlined a citywide vision for art and culture that has incorporated public art into projects at a variety of City departments—including DCASE as well as the Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and Chicago Transit Authority, among others. Grant support for the Year of Public Art is provided by Allstate Insurance Company and Terra Foundation for American Art.

The Chicago Public Art Collection managed by DCASE includes more than 500 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists. DCASE also administers the City’s Percent-for-Art Ordinance established in 1978, which stipulates that 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating public buildings will be used for public art.

For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa—and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter and Instagram, @ChicagoDCASE #2017isYOPA #ChiPublicArt.

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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.

 

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