African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race

October 27, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Chicago Cultural Center • Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North

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African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race (Photo credit: Robert Savon Pious, 1908-1983, American Negro Exposition, 1865-1940, 1940, Poster, 55 x 35 cm (21 5/8 x 13 inches) Image courtesy of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago)
Photo credit: Robert Savon Pious, 1908-1983, American Negro Exposition, 1865-1940, 1940, Poster, 55 x 35 cm (21 5/8 x 13 inches) Image courtesy of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago (click on image to enlarge)

 

Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/consumer culture. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.
 

Public Programs:

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, November 2, 6:30–8:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

 

The Designs of African American Life Symposium

November 2–3, 2018

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

  • Friday, November 2, 5–6pm: Opening Keynote Address: "Common Things Surprise Us: Black Chicago's Artists and Models Balls and the Politics of Middlebrown(n) Taste" by Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
  • Saturday, November 3, 3:30–4:30pm: Closing Keynote: "Craft/Freedom: Regarding the Value(s) of African American Design" by Adam Green, University of Chicago
   

Gallery Talks with Curator Daniel Schulman

Thursdays, November 1 & 15, December 6, 12:15–1pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North

 

Chicago Humanities Festival: Midcentury Design and Opportunity

Sunday, November 11, 3–4pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

In conjunction with the Chicago Cultural Center exhibition African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, art historian Maggie Taft, artist David Hartt, modern architecture and design historian Jonathan Mekinda and the exhibition's co-curator Chris Dingwall explore the social, artistic, entrepreneurial and political opportunities to be found within midcentury design in Chicago.

 

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