Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago

Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago Follow this page for information on upcoming LAC events and educational programming at the Art Institute of Chicago. LAC membership is by invitation only.

In 1994, the Art Institute established a committee comprised of African American community leaders with the mission to promote and sustain diversity within the institution. Launched with a grant from the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund, the initiative continues today as the Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC). The Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute provides counsel, fresh perspectives, and support to the museum on all matters related to the engagement and advancement of African Americans in the life of the institution. The LAC believes diversity in vision, collections, exhibitions, staffing, and audience is critical to the future and well-being of all American cultural institutions, and it is committed to engaging the broadest and most diverse audience in support of this vision via marketing, development, and educational programming.

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05/14/2020
Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

An exhibition of collaborative works between Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison went on view at the Art Institute in 2016. Parks and Ellison collaborated twice: on the essay "Harlem is Nowhere" and again for a story in Life Magazine "A Man Becomes Invisible." Check out this exhibition video that includes a reading of the some of the project's original language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j84FymO9Th8

Curator Michal Raz-Russo provides an overview of the exhibition, which reunites for the first time the surviving photographs and texts intended for the two c...

“I paint the things I have experienced."—Jacob Lawrence Painter Jacob Lawrence—raised in Harlem—is known for his narrati...
05/07/2020

“I paint the things I have experienced."
—Jacob Lawrence

Painter Jacob Lawrence—raised in Harlem—is known for his narrative cycle paintings devoted to African American history, leaders, and life. His sixty-panel Migration series (1940–41), depicts the resettlement of blacks from the rural South to the industrial North, including Chicago. He also painted individual genre scenes, such as "The Wedding (1947)" and "Graduation (1948)."

05/05/2020
Artist Talk: Barkley L. Hendricks

In October 2016 at the Art Institute, revolutionary painter and photographer Barkley L. Hendricks lectured about his work and practice from the 1960s on—sharing personal anecdotes about several of his artworks. Hendricks transitioned shortly after in April of 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfR2FxDnDO0

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Society of Contemporary Art Painter and photographer Barkley L. Hendricks offered a lecture about his work from the 1960s through...

05/01/2020
Archibald Motley Jr.'s Nightlife | Art Institute Essentials Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6aWbNCugeA&feature=emb_title

We're celebrating this Friday by remembering Friday nights in Chicago, and sharing a virtual deep dive of Chicago painter Archibald Motley's "Nightlife (1943)." Check out this painting and other Essential Artworks at the link below. And most importantly, please be taking care.

On this episode of Art Institute Essentials Tour, take a closer look at Nightlife, painted by Archibald Motley Jr. in 1943. Chicago painter Archibald Motley ...

04/24/2020
New Paradigms: #BlackGirlMagic

Happy Friday! Enjoy this memento from last October when artists Bisa Butler, Tschabalala Self, and Amanda Williams joined one another at the Art Institute of Chicago for "New Paradigms: #BlackGirlMagic"—opened with a reading by poet Raych Jackson and moderated by veteran journalist Kyra Kyles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nccl4Py-Ng&list=PLeR-PCKmp3f6ATiMExm0laROKJ2PGIgAC&index=2&t=18s

In recognition of #BlackGirlMagic and the continued need to heighten visibility of women of color in museums, three black women artists whose work has recent...

While we're quarantined, take a look inside the archive of the historic Johnson Publishing Company (JPC)—sold last year ...
04/21/2020
A Look Inside Johnson Publishing Archive: From Pearl Bailey on Set of ‘Carmen Jones’ to Coretta Scott King in Mourning and Eartha Kitt Poolside

While we're quarantined, take a look inside the archive of the historic Johnson Publishing Company (JPC)—sold last year to a consortium of the Ford Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—at the link below.

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/04/11/a-look-inside-johnson-publishing-archive-from-pearl-bailey-on-set-of-carmen-jones-to-coretta-scott-king-in-mourning-and-eartha-kitt-poolside/

Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend school boycott rally in New York City, March 1964   BLACK-AND-WHTIE PHOTOGRAPHS of Pearl Bailey on the set of the 1954 film Carmen Jones; Sammy D...

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/03/24/virtual-reality-video-invites-viewers-to-step-inside-the-veiled-ideal-of-kerry-ja...
04/14/2020
Virtual Reality Video Invites Viewers to Step Inside the Veiled Ideal of Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Our Town’ Painting

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/03/24/virtual-reality-video-invites-viewers-to-step-inside-the-veiled-ideal-of-kerry-james-marshalls-our-town-painting/

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. has created a virtual reality video immersing viewers in the details of Kerry James Marshall’s painting, ‘Our Town.’

“Stepping inside the scene, the contrasting elements are brought to life and the layered depiction can be considered up close… With the museum currently closed due to COVID-19, the VR experience provides a unique opportunity to explore the work, nearly first hand.”

  DETAILS ARE CRITICAL in Kerry James Marshall's paintings. In Our Town (1995), the artist portrays a pleasant 1950s-era neighborhood scene. A young boy bikes down a vehicle-free lane wit...

04/09/2020
Eldzier Cortor Coming Home: Recent Gifts to the Art Institute

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnmLVKwJmXo&list=PLeR-PCKmp3f6ATiMExm0laROKJ2PGIgAC&index=6&t=0s

Nostalgic still, enjoy this video of painter Eldzier Cortor speaking enthusiastically about his life and work. (We learn that a fortune teller predicted he would be a painter.) An exhibition of Cortor’s prints was on view at the Art Institute in 2015, and he was honored at the LAC Legends and Legacy program that same year.

This extended version of an earlier video offers a more in-depth look at the life and art of the extraordinary artist, Eldzier Cortor, who made a recent gift...

04/07/2020
Portrait of Charles White

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFGpV47s8TA&list=PLeR-PCKmp3f6ATiMExm0laROKJ2PGIgAC&index=2

Reminiscent of when we could gather and experience artwork in physical space, enjoy this snapshot of artist Charles White, made on the occassion of the Art Institute's 2018 exhibition "Charles White: A Retrospective.” It includes a number of artists, and sweet, insightful bytes of White speaking himself.

This video, made for the Art Institute's 2018 exhibition "Charles White: A Retrospective," provides a an overview of the life, practice, and influence of thi...

Legendary artist, collector, historian, and curator David C. Driskell has transitioned at 89 years old. Find an article ...
04/02/2020

Legendary artist, collector, historian, and curator David C. Driskell has transitioned at 89 years old. Find an article at the link below about his life's work, including the "Two Centuries of Black American Art" exhibition that catapulted his career.

Driskell (far right) joined us in 2015 for our Legends and Legacy program honoring Eldzier Cortor. A legacy of Driskell's own remains with us, rest well.

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/david-c-driskell-dead-1202682906/

We hope you’re mainintaing balance, and that these strange times bring you restoration. As of now, the museum will remai...
04/02/2020

We hope you’re mainintaing balance, and that these strange times bring you restoration. As of now, the museum will remain closed through April 30. We’ll share new information as we are updated. In the meanwhile, we will be posting past museum events, resources, and activites, as well as national news. Please be taking care.

https://www.artic.edu/events/4915/artists-connect-lido-pimientaTOMORROW, interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator L...
03/12/2020
Artists Connect: Lido Pimienta | The Art Institute of Chicago

https://www.artic.edu/events/4915/artists-connect-lido-pimienta

TOMORROW, interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator Lido Pimienta joins us for an “Artists Connect” performance. Pimienta’s music and multimedia work is informed by her identity as an immigrant, an Afro-indigenous person, and an intersectional feminist. Her live shows are famously interactive—she rearranges her audience to allow women of color to the front.

Artists Connect is a performance series that highlights the creative process. Artists, poets, dancers, and musicians engage with works of art, making connections to their own practice and inspiring new ways of understanding the Art Institute’s collection. Ticket link below

Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator Lido Pimienta, whose album La Papessa won Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, performs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Powered by glittering synths and influenced by Afro-Colombian singing and drumming styles, Pimienta’s deep...

https://www.artforum.com/news/washington-dc-s-national-gallery-of-art-appoints-new-dean-of-center-for-advanced-study-in-...
03/10/2020
Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art Appoints New Dean of Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

https://www.artforum.com/news/washington-dc-s-national-gallery-of-art-appoints-new-dean-of-center-for-advanced-study-in-the-visual-arts-82397

“'Steven’s teaching legacy and international scholarly reputation in the field of art history, combined with his remarkable ability to provide support for a wide-ranging community of scholars makes him the perfect fit,” said Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery. “This position requires collaboration and intellectual leadership on an international level as well as cultivating a new and diverse generation of art historians, curators, and scholars, and Steven does that beautifully.'”

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has named Steven Nelson the next dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). Nelson currently serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at CASVA as well as a professor of African and African American art history and director of the....

“Sister Tuesday” by underrecognized American sculptor Leslie Garland Bolling is Now on View in American Art Gallery 263....
03/05/2020

“Sister Tuesday” by underrecognized American sculptor Leslie Garland Bolling is Now on View in American Art Gallery 263.

Art Institute admission is free Wednesday evenings, 5:00–8:00 for Illinois residents, and free daily for children under 14, Chicago teens under 18, Link and WIC cardholders, and Illinois Pre-K–12 educators.

Chicago-based designer and educator Norman Teague “focuses on projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urban...
03/03/2020

Chicago-based designer and educator Norman Teague “focuses on projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the culture of communities.” His experimental object, “Sinmi Stool” stemmed from his interest in informal seating, particularly in the relaxed positions people assume in comfortable settings, such as leaning on the back of a chair or car or straddling the edge of a sofa.

Teague observes that people often ask, "Am I doing this right?,” but finds that people quickly become comfortable with "Sinmi," just as they do with new relationships. “Sinmi Stool (Prototpye)" is on view in Architecture and Design Gallery 285

https://www.artic.edu/events/4915/artists-connect-lido-pimientaMarch 13, 2020 | 7:30Stock Exchange Trading RoomPowered b...
02/27/2020
Artists Connect: Lido Pimienta | The Art Institute of Chicago

https://www.artic.edu/events/4915/artists-connect-lido-pimienta

March 13, 2020 | 7:30
Stock Exchange Trading Room

Powered by glittering synths and influenced by Afro-Colombian singing and drumming styles, interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator Lido Pimienta performs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Pimienta’s deeply political music and multimedia work is informed by her identity as an immigrant, an Afro-indigenous person, and an intersectional feminist. Her live shows are famously interactive, as she rearranges her audience to allow women of color to the front.

Tickets are $5 Members and $10 Nonmembers. Purchase at the link below

Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator Lido Pimienta, whose album La Papessa won Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, performs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Powered by glittering synths and influenced by Afro-Colombian singing and drumming styles, Pimienta’s deep...

https://time.com/the-march/Opening this Friday, February 28—and through November 2020—at The DuSable Museum of African A...
02/25/2020
What to Know About TIME's March on Washington VR Project

https://time.com/the-march/

Opening this Friday, February 28—and through November 2020—at The DuSable Museum of African American History, TIME and executive producer Viola Davis present a groundbreaking immersive exhibit that re-creates one of the most iconic moments in American history—the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

"Walk with the crowd of 250,000-plus people who came to participate that day—and witness firsthand as Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech—in a genre-pushing virtual reality experience that draws on the personal stories of organizers and demonstrators who were there." Reserve your tickets at the link below!

Walk with a crowd of over 250,000 people and witness Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech firsthand with The March from TIME.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000006923399/betye-saar-taking-care-of-business.html?src=vidmDocumentary short ...
02/20/2020
Opinion | Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business

https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000006923399/betye-saar-taking-care-of-business.html?src=vidm

Documentary short Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business “captures 93-year-old Saar in her studio.”

“In the documentary, Saar recounts turning her attention to civil rights and women’s rights issues… ‘I remember how I felt physically just really angry and upset. But I was a mother with children. I couldn’t walk in protest. But I did have a weapon, and that was art.’”

The film was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition “Betye Saar: Call and Response,” is currently on view at LACMA through April 5.

In the first film from our Sundance 2020 series, meet Betye Saar, who says her weapon is art.

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/02/17/sundance-features-documentaries-about-betye-saar-and-agnes-gund-black-women-direc...
02/18/2020
Sundance Features Documentaries About Betye Saar and Agnes Gund, Black Women Directors Celebrated With Top Awards

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/02/17/sundance-features-documentaries-about-betye-saar-and-agnes-gund-black-women-directors-celebrated-with-top-awards/

"BLACK FILMMAKERS and black stories are an increasing presence at the Sundance Film Festival. This year a number of projects garnered attention, including documentaries about artist Betye Saar and philanthropist and art collector Agnes Gund, and three films by black women that won top directing awards. The awards ceremony also included the announcement that Tabitha Jackson is the festival’s incoming director. The appointment is historic. Jackson is the first woman and first person of color to hold the position."

Betye Saar in the short documentary Taking Care of Business, directed by Christine Turner   BLACK FILMMAKERS and black stories are an increasing presence at the Sundance Film Festival. T...

https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9441/vaginal-davis-the-white-to-be-angry"The White to be Angry," an  exhibition by Vag...
02/13/2020
Vaginal Davis: The White to Be Angry | The Art Institute of Chicago

https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9441/vaginal-davis-the-white-to-be-angry

"The White to be Angry," an exhibition by Vaginal Davis—a key figure in the history of queer music, performance, and video art, and a founding figure in the “homocore” movement—is now open through April 26.

Davis’s touchstone work, "The White to be Angry (1999)," challenges constructions and desires around white supremacist culture as it circulates across the entire political spectrum.

Exhibition is free with museum admission. Admission is free Wednesday evenings, 5:00 - 8:00 for Illinois residents, and free daily for children under 14, Chicago teens under 18, Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators.

A video that offers a stirring and, over 20 years later, still timely look at white supremacist culture. 

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/02/06/hirshhorn-museum-plans-first-u-s-retrospective-of-sam-gilliam-in-15-years/"The Hi...
02/11/2020
Hirshhorn Museum Plans First U.S. Retrospective of Sam Gilliam in 15+ Years

https://www.culturetype.com/2020/02/06/hirshhorn-museum-plans-first-u-s-retrospective-of-sam-gilliam-in-15-years/

"The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., plans an expansive look at the six-decade career of pioneering abstractionist Sam Gilliam. Exploring key moments in his innovative painting practice, the retrospective will open at the Smithsonian museum on the National Mall in spring 2022.

"'Gilliam’s influence spans these three realms. There is no more fitting place to consider and celebrate his place in the canon than on the National Mall in his chosen hometown of Washington, D.C., at the national museum of modern art.'”

“Light Depth” (1969) by Sam Gilliam   THE HIRSHHORN MUSEUM and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., plans an expansive look at the six-decade career of pioneering abstractionist Sam...

Now On View: “Afrophoenix No. 1” by Melvin EdwardsIn 1960 Melvin Edwards shifted his practice from painting to sculpture...
02/06/2020

Now On View: “Afrophoenix No. 1” by Melvin Edwards

In 1960 Melvin Edwards shifted his practice from painting to sculpture. Three years later—amid the Civil Rights Movement—he began “Lynch Fragments,” a series of welded steel assemblages made in response to America’s legacy of racial violence. Its title references the mythological phoenix—alluding to death, rebirth, and ultimate transformation.

“Afrophoenix No. 1” is now on view in Gallery 295A

Now On View: “Male-Female Figure and the Pomegranate” by Ibrahim El-Salahi“I wrote letters and words [in Arabic] that di...
02/04/2020

Now On View: “Male-Female Figure and the Pomegranate” by Ibrahim El-Salahi

“I wrote letters and words [in Arabic] that did not mean a thing. Then came a time when I felt I had to break down the bone of the letter, observing the space within a letter and the space between a letter...The Pandora’s box opened up wide before my eyes...In place of those broken-up letters I discovered animal and plant forms, sounds, human images, and what looked like skeletons with masked faces.” — Ibrahim El-Salahi

“Male-Female Figure and the Pomegranate” is now on view in Gallery 294

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