Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, is proud to partner with Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall to celebrate architecture and the built environment.

In Spirit + Structure

September 20-November 22, 2019
Arts Incubator Gallery (301 E. Garfield Blvd)

Opening reception September 20, 6-8pm | Gallery Hours: 12pm-6pm, W-F
In Spirit + Structure is a solo exhibition presenting works by Nathan Miller. This exhibition marks a moment in Miller’s continual examination of the sacred–in object and in place. Miller’s ruminations in faith are expressed through photography, sculpture, sound, and installation. The Black church operating in and occupying multiple planes, becomes a subject, a landscape and a purpose in Miller’s work.   Nathan Miller was born in Evergreen Park, IL in 1990 and grew up in the West Pullman neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Miller’s father, a Pentecostal preacher, artist, and educator, introduced him to music theory and photography. Through use of these mediums, Miller began to connect the temporal self to the eternal self. His work in photography, sound, sculpture, and public installation is an interdisciplinary translation of the spiritual within the context of the human experience.  Miller has studied photography abroad at the University of Arts London (UK) and received a BFA degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013, and MFA from  Rhode Island School of Design.
Opening reception September 20, 6-8pm

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The Aesthetics of Violence & Resistance, from Fashion to Architecture with Hoda Katebi

September 26, 6:30 pm | Free, Reservations recommended
Arts Incubator,  (301 E.  Garfield Blvd)

A discussion and hands-on workshop unraveling the politics of fashion, architecture, and public arts programs as tools of violence and resistance. Join community organizers Hoda Katebi, Leena Odeh, and Benji Hart as they dissect fast-fashion, surveillance, policing, apartheid, gentrification, and other forms of “aesthetic violence” in their artistic fields from Chicago to Palestine -- and what a disruption of these practices can look like. Hoda is the Chicago-based daughter of Iranian immigrants, and the voice behind JooJoo Azad, a political fashion platform and the founder of Blue Tin Production, an all-women immigrant and refugee-run clothing manufacturing co-operative in Chicago. 

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Remembering Rhumboogie Historic Tour with Lee Bey

October 27, 1-4 PM
Free, Reservations Required. This event is sold out.

Tour: First stop is 301 E Garfield Blvd - Arts Incubator. Final stop is 329 E Garfield Blvd. Green Line Performing Arts Center
Lively watering holes and great music venues formerly dotted the landscape of many South Side neighborhoods. On this stroll through Washington Park and Bronzeville, guests will trace the rich cultural legacy of jazz, blues, and swing by visiting the long-gone sites where crowds gathered to mix, mingle, and be entertained. Tour led by Lee Bey, Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute and author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side.

Notes on Territory with Anna Martine Whitehead

Fri, Nov 22, 7pm, Sat, Nov 23, 7pm and Sun, Nov 24, 3pm
Green Line Performing Arts Center (329 E. Garfield Blvd.)

Tickets: $15
Director and choreographer Anna Martine Whitehead presents Notes on Territory, which brings together an array of research modalities to address the dialectical concerns: What is the prison; and What is the nature of freedom? Territory considers crosses and arches, walls and holes, as means of exploring the rich tradition of oppressed peoples' liberation practices. At its core, the work offers movement as research, in kinship with transdisciplinary artist-philosophers such as Torkwase Dyson, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Renée Green; transdisciplinary scholars such as Simone Browne, Michelle M. Wright, and Katherine McKittrick; and freedom dreamer Harriet Jacobs. Anna Martine Whitehead and this performance are supported by a 2018 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist award. The Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists program makes $15,000 grants to choreographers annually. Grants are combined with mentorship throughout the research, development and presentation of newly choreographed work.

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