April 16, 2012
Arts and Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture host three Chicago artists.
In 2011, the University of Chicago launched the Arts and Public Life initiative in an effort to enrich its cultural interactions with the city and local artists. One major programmatic component of the initiative includes artist residencies. In partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Arts and Public Life welcomed three Chicagoans as artists-in-residence. The videos below introduce artists Faheem Majeed, Cathy Alva Mooses, and Eliza Myrie.
“This is really an opportunity for us to learn about the ways in which [these artists’] practices might be informed by the intellectual activity that happens here on campus, but also how we might learn from their practices more about the city of Chicago and the ways in which the arts can engage the community,” says Tracye Matthews, Associate Director of Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.
All three of this year’s artists-in-residence are Chicagoans, and all three reside in different parts of the city. The program directly relates to a particularly important goal of Arts and Public Life that Gates says is to “think about how the facilities at the University and the vast artistic knowledge that surrounds this place could act as platforms by which other emerging artists in the city could benefit.”