Chicago Cultural Center Exhibitions. The City of Chicago is celebrating the Year of Public Art Chicago.
What is the Year of Public Art?
The Mayor and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2017 the “Year of Public Art” with a new 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project. 50×50 was inspired by Chicago’s 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of the Picasso in Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect which once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue on the South Side.
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Chicago Cultural Center Exhibits
The Pride & Perils of Chicago’s Public Art
When: January 14-July 30, 2017
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Landmark Chicago Gallery and Randolph Stairs. The Landmark Gallery is the north-south hallway located on the west side of the Cultural Center.
Planning and creating public art can be a risky enterprise. For over 200 years, Chicago has been putting art in public places. Sometimes it’s loved. Sometimes it’s hated. To further complicate matters, times change – and so do people and tastes. See for yourself in this exhibition of stories and historical public artwork of the past 200 years.
Eugene Eda’s Doors for Malcolm X College
When: January 21-June 25, 2017
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
This exhibition will reunite all 32 doors painted by Eugene Eda for the stairwells of the original, now demolished Malcolm X College. Painted in 1971 by one of the principal artists of the Wall of Respect, the monumental doors are a landmark of the Black Arts movement in Chicago. The Exhibition includes other portable artworks in the MXC collection as well as documentation that will shed light on this important and turbulent period in Chicago history.
The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and the Legacy of Black Power
When: February 25-July 30, 2017
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
Guest curated by Romi Crawford, Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach, this exhibition chronicles how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture – a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others – designed and produced a seminal mural for and within Chicago’s Black South Side communities. Featuring the images of leading black icons ranging from Sarah Vaughan and John Coltrane to Marcus Garvey and Ossie Davis, The Wall of Respect received national critical acclaim when it was unveiled in 1967 on the side of a building at 43rd St. and Langley Ave on the heels of the March on Washington, the assassination of Malcolm X and the emergence of Black Power. The Wall was ultimately painted over and virtually forgotten after damage by a fire in 1971, but it’s legacy has reemerged today as one of the most significant projects in Chicago’s storied public art history.