May 8- 29, 2015

Opening Reception

Fri, May 8, 2015 6–9 pm

Artist Talk
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6-7:30pm

Windy City Breakdown is a solo exhibition that illustrates the process and research of Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture artist-in-residence Ayana Contreras. 

This exhibition is an exploration of locally-sourced vintage vinyl records and paper ephemera from the collection of Ayana Contreras. The items document facets of life in Black Chicago during a time in which Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Black Power collided. Ayana is particularly interested in the art of documentation, as well as in what we choose to 'save' (from a cultural and anthropological standpoint). She is also interested in items that have not made the "digital leap" from paper to pixel or from groove to gigabyte. What bits of knowledge live on these physical artifacts, beyond their native media? And what happens when these formats degrade?