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An Invitation to Engage Our Community

Toward Common Cause offers an opportunity to come together “to learn about and engage in meaningful dialogue about the legacies and inequalities that mold our shared spaces,” writes Juan Pablo Azuero-Dajud.

Artist Feature: Mel Chin and A Bill for IL

The Toward Common Cause projects of artist-MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin are lively entities in constant states of transformation that challenge traditional museum and artistic practice.

From the Archive: Hamza Walker on Kara Walker

Kara Walker’s installation, Presenting Negro Scenes Drawn Upon My Passage through the South and Reconfigured for the Benefit of Enlightened Audiences Wherever Such May Be Found, By Myself, Missus K.E.B. Walker, Colored, now on display at the DuSable Museum of African American History as part of Toward Common Cause was initially conceived for the Renaissance […]

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.

An Invitation to Engage Our Community

A person lifts a baby into the air, surrounded by the hand-written message: I will lift you up, once, twice, and many more times

Toward Common Cause offers an opportunity to come together “to learn about and engage in meaningful dialogue about the legacies and inequalities that mold our shared spaces,” writes Juan Pablo Azuero-Dajud.

Artist Feature: Mel Chin and A Bill for IL

Mel Chin speaks to a group of people during a gallery tour.

The Toward Common Cause projects of artist-MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin are lively entities in constant states of transformation that challenge traditional museum and artistic practice.

From the Archive: Hamza Walker on Kara Walker

The artist stands on a chair to make a large chalk drawing on black paper

Kara Walker’s installation, Presenting Negro Scenes Drawn Upon My Passage through the South and Reconfigured for the Benefit of Enlightened Audiences Wherever Such May Be Found, By Myself, Missus K.E.B. Walker, Colored, now on display at the DuSable Museum of African American History as part of Toward Common Cause was initially conceived for the Renaissance […]

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.