Free events Chicago Cultural Center.
When: Sunday, April 14, 2-5pm
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Randolph, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
In the Company of Black Closing House Party. As a closing celebration of the exhibition Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black, come dance the afternoon away to DJ-spun classic house music.
About the exhibit
Over the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” As the artist explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism).
This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country.” The photographs of In the Company of Black live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald’s daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture.
Other things to do at the Chicago Cultural Center
Public Group Tours:
- Tours are presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:15 pm.
- Tours meet in the Randolph Street lobby.
- The group will be limited to the first twenty people.
- To schedule tours for groups of ten or more at other times, contact Anna Marie Gazzi at 312.744.7917.
Private Group Tours:
- Trained docents will conduct free, prearranged private tours for adult groups on Mondays though Fridays, 9 am-3 pm.
- Private tours are not available during weekends.
- Private tours are designed for adults and teenagers 13 years and over.
- Group sizes are limited, call for details.
- Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the scheduled date by calling 312.744.7917.
- Private tours begin at the Chicago Cultural Center Information Desk in the Randolph Street lobby.
All self-guided group tours must check in with security upon entry.
About the Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, was the first permanent Chicago Public Library after the original library was lost in the Chicago fire in 1871.
In addition to the library the building was also a Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (on the north side) dedicated to Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War. All the Civil War artifacts once displayed here are now located at the Harold Washington Library. Here’s the buildings extensive history.