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Safehouse Temple Door

Newly commissioned public artwork Safehouse Temple Door presented at the Civic Arts Church in Chicago, in a collaboration between MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin and the Smart Museum of Art, Sweet Water Foundation, S.O.U.R.C.E. Studio, and UNC Asheville STEAM Studio.

Beading for Boneta

The juxtaposition of objects across geographical, temporal, and cultural boundaries is at the crux of Sweet Bitter Love, Choctaw and Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first institutional exhibition in Chicago.

It Remains to Be Seen

In an essay, curator Abigail Winograd reflects upon how An-My Lê and Shahzia Sikander are connected by an impulse to see America, to see oneself in America, and to see America seeing itself.

What’s on this Spring

Three exhibitions marking the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program open across Chicago in Spring 2021, ushering in the first wave of projects presented in conjunction with Toward Common Cause.

Toward Common Cause

Toward Common Cause seeks to explore the role art can play in society, to engage the history, geography, and citizens of the city of Chicago, and it is predicated on the belief that art is a vital social resource. Curatorial statement from Abigail Winograd.

Safehouse Temple Door

A metal bank vault hangs over the doorway of a church

Newly commissioned public artwork Safehouse Temple Door presented at the Civic Arts Church in Chicago, in a collaboration between MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin and the Smart Museum of Art, Sweet Water Foundation, S.O.U.R.C.E. Studio, and UNC Asheville STEAM Studio.

Beading for Boneta

A series of paintings hang behind a glass display case

The juxtaposition of objects across geographical, temporal, and cultural boundaries is at the crux of Sweet Bitter Love, Choctaw and Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first institutional exhibition in Chicago.

It Remains to Be Seen

A painting of two overlapping reclining figures

In an essay, curator Abigail Winograd reflects upon how An-My Lê and Shahzia Sikander are connected by an impulse to see America, to see oneself in America, and to see America seeing itself.

What’s on this Spring

Three exhibitions marking the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program open across Chicago in Spring 2021, ushering in the first wave of projects presented in conjunction with Toward Common Cause.

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art and Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border

Portrait of Guillermo Gómez-Peña

A year-long series of experimental audio performances from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a performance artist, writer, activist, and MacArthur Fellow.

Toward Common Cause

Toward Common Cause seeks to explore the role art can play in society, to engage the history, geography, and citizens of the city of Chicago, and it is predicated on the belief that art is a vital social resource. Curatorial statement from Abigail Winograd.

Chicago Fundred Initiative: A Bill for IL

A person creates their own unique Fundred

Using creativity to fight lead poisoning as part of Toward Common Cause.