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“Art is Always Around Us”: The Cultural Stewardship of BBF Family Services

A conversation with Joseph Kellman Family Foundation art advisor Clinee Hedspeth In celebration of Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Circulation) on view at BBF Family Services as part of the ongoing Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, we spoke with Kellman Family Foundation art advisor Clinee Hedspeth about the […]

Loteria

Inspired by interactions and collaborations with Toward Common Cause artists, UChicago third-year undergraduate student and Smart Museum intern Sarahi Rincon Molina creatively and critically reflects on space and identity through a Loteria artwork.

Thinking Toward a Relational Future

Building upon the central themes of Toward Common Cause, the symposium Relational Futures invites us to question: for whom have environments been protected, conserved, or honored? Program co-organizers Teresa Montoya and Rose Miron discuss their approach to centering Native voices and designing a program for scholarly and general audiences.

A South Side Itinerary

Your weekend on the South Side with Toward Common Cause Toward Common Cause is a collaborative effort that offers the opportunity to spend an afternoon—or a whole weekend—visiting a combination of engaging group and solo exhibitions across the South Side of Chicago. Choose a day, explore one of the project’s main themes, and reflect on […]

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.

“Art is Always Around Us”: The Cultural Stewardship of BBF Family Services

A gold frieze depicting images from the Bud Billiken parade and images of an eclipse and the moon

A conversation with Joseph Kellman Family Foundation art advisor Clinee Hedspeth In celebration of Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Circulation) on view at BBF Family Services as part of the ongoing Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, we spoke with Kellman Family Foundation art advisor Clinee Hedspeth about the […]

Loteria

A series of colored rectangles in the style of loteria cards

Inspired by interactions and collaborations with Toward Common Cause artists, UChicago third-year undergraduate student and Smart Museum intern Sarahi Rincon Molina creatively and critically reflects on space and identity through a Loteria artwork.

Thinking Toward a Relational Future

A brightly colored quilted collage repeats the words STAND YOUR GROUND

Building upon the central themes of Toward Common Cause, the symposium Relational Futures invites us to question: for whom have environments been protected, conserved, or honored? Program co-organizers Teresa Montoya and Rose Miron discuss their approach to centering Native voices and designing a program for scholarly and general audiences.

A South Side Itinerary

Your weekend on the South Side with Toward Common Cause Toward Common Cause is a collaborative effort that offers the opportunity to spend an afternoon—or a whole weekend—visiting a combination of engaging group and solo exhibitions across the South Side of Chicago. Choose a day, explore one of the project’s main themes, and reflect on […]

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.