November 10, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Closing Reception & "What Next?" 5-hour Marathon Discussion and Action: Thursday, January 4, 6-11pm


Initiated by artist and University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts faculty member Pope.L, Brown People are the Wrens in the Parking Lot is an exhibition and art intervention facilitated by faculty, students, staff, friends and community of the Reva and David Logan Centers for the Arts at the University of Chicago to reflect on themes of immigration, migration, and home.

The exhibition stems from a series of “wake-up” interventions that took place in the hallways of the Logan Center over the course of six weeks during the University’s fall quarter. The interventions took the form of postering, audio sloganeering, video interviews, and a library containing over 1,200 books on the subject of immigration.

On Thursday, January 4 from 6-11 PM, join Pope.L and curator Dieter Roelstraete and a diverse group of artists, writers, scholars, activists, organizers and musicians for “What next?”, a five-hour marathon of discussion and action delving deeper into the themes platformed in the exhibition. Pope.L and Roelstraete will kick off the evening by addressing their recent work together at documenta 14 and how it relates to the art and issues animating the exhibition. The marathon conversation will be punctuated by food, music, performances, announcements, provocations, manifestoes, as well as moments of exhilaration and silence. We welcome you to come, eat, drink, converse, inform, provoke, enlighten, and share with us as we collectively dig into the great global immigration debate affecting our lives today. “What next?” is an endurance event. Visitors are encouraged to come and go as they please. Participants include: Yesomi Umolu, Zachary Cahill, BR Nicholson, Interim CEO and Brand Champion at Mr. Boare Industries, Alek Binion, Vidura Jang Bahadur, Amber Ginsburg, Ernest Dawkins, Ben Ndugga-Kabuye AND more!

This project is happening at a significant moment. Nationally and globally, we are witnessing heightened debates over immigration, race, and the fight of the 99%. On a local level, race relations and class distinctions mark daily experiences in Chicago as in many other American cities.

We need your help to get at these issues. We can't do it by ourselves. Please pass this along to friends, colleagues, family—whoever you feel would be interested in coming to a more layered and involved understanding of these issues.

Be Heard!

  • Drop off a response. This can be a physical letter, a painting, an object, a chalk-comment on the gallery wall, etc. etc. Physical drop offs can be made at the Logan Center Gallery during the run of the exhibition. ALL submitted materials may be presented in the exhibition. 
  • Submit a comment on this page below. ALL submissions will be presented anonymously in the exhibition.

Thank you!


Please Note: By submitting a physical response or comment online, you agree for this material to be used within the context of the exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery. All responses will be presented anonymously and appear in full without modification.

Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions. Generous support provided by the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago.


  • Should be Empty:


If you want to use the space for a performance, meeting, class, reading, etc., please read below:

C Events:

  • We will get back to you within 48 hours
  • 10 slots available
  • We do not provide technical or staffing support
  • The gallery comes as is

B Events:

  • We will get back to you within one week
  • 4 slots available
  • Support needs will be organized with Logan Center Exhibitions

Please know that we encourage the use of the space for events, but we have limitations and restrictions on staffing and the space. Please see the tech rider which spells out these guidelines.

To propose an event, please email with your idea, and the filled out and signed tech rider.

*Note: Events do not have to directly relate to immigration or the themes of the show, but we would like to keep them mind when making a proposal.