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.

TOMORROW: The Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tours are back, celebrating their 13th year in the historic Bronzeville ...
07/18/2019

TOMORROW: The Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tours are back, celebrating their 13th year in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Explore 5 art galleries and the art studios in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts on the Bronzeville Trolley. The trolley stops at each location on 15 minute intervals—hop on or off at any time! Galleries will have fine art on view and for purchase, with live entertainment, food and drinks. Tours start at 6 PM.

https://www.artic.edu/events/4571/conversation-a-collecting-journeyLast chance to get tickets for “A Collecting Journey,...
07/17/2019
Conversation: A Collecting Journey | The Art Institute of Chicago

https://www.artic.edu/events/4571/conversation-a-collecting-journey

Last chance to get tickets for “A Collecting Journey,” where art collectors and former NBA players Darrell Walker and Elliot Perry will discuss building their collections with artists Torkwase Dyson and Samuel Levi Jones. If you’re interested in collecting, or how to get started—join us! Following the program, enjoy a reception in Pritzker Garden with music, small bites, and a hosted wine and beer bar. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Purchase at the link below.

Please enter at 230 South Columbus Drive.

Presented with the Leadership Advisory Committee

07/16/2019
Join us tomorrow for A Collecting Journey

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, for A Collecting Journey where former NBA players Elliot Perry and Darrell Walker will discuss the process of building their art collections with contemporary and interdisciplinary artists Torkwase Dyson and Samuel Levi Jones!

Following the program, enjoy a reception in Pritzker Garden with music by DJ Joe Kollege, small bites, and a hosted wine and beer bar. Visit http://bit.ly/2RHsBL2 for tickets.

Until then, check out this promotional video by our very own LAC member, Rhonda Kristen Brown!

https://www.culturetype.com/2019/07/10/philip-freelon-66-architect-of-record-for-smithsonian-national-museum-of-african-...
07/12/2019
Philip Freelon, 66, Architect of Record for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Has Died

https://www.culturetype.com/2019/07/10/philip-freelon-66-architect-of-record-for-smithsonian-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-has-died/

Architect Philip Freelon—best known for his work on the Smithsonian museum and whose projects include the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, N.C.; the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco; and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore—died Tuesday, July 9 from complications due to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

“Phil was a pioneer, an advocate of diversity and inclusion, and his impact will only strengthen over time as we continue to see people of color rising in the field of architecture.”
—David Adjaye

Architect Philip Freelon (1953-2019)   ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL African American architects of his generation, Philip Freelon (1953-2019) designed artful museums, cultural centers, a...

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bronzeville-art-district-3rd-friday-trolley-tour-june-to-september-2019-tickets-59922474735...
07/11/2019
Bronzeville Art District 3rd Friday Trolley Tour June to September, 2019

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bronzeville-art-district-3rd-friday-trolley-tour-june-to-september-2019-tickets-59922474735?aff=ebapi

The Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tours are back next Friday, July 19th! Explore 5 art galleries and the studios in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts on the Bronzeville trolley. The trolley stops at each location at 15 minute intervals. Hop on or hop off at any location on the tour. Tours start at 6 PM— register at the link below.

ART PARTNERS 2019 BRONZEVILLE ARTS DISTRICT 3rd Friday TROLLEY TOUR FREE ADMISSION! Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month from June to September for the Bronzeville Art District (B.A.D.) 3rd Friday Trolley Tour, for fine art & culture; celebrating 13 years of the trolley in Bronzeville. Join chica...

“If you get the art bug you’ll know it. It’ll hit you. It’ll hit you in your eyes. It’ll hit you in your heart. And you ...
07/10/2019

“If you get the art bug you’ll know it. It’ll hit you. It’ll hit you in your eyes. It’ll hit you in your heart. And you will feel it,” he says. —Darrell Walker

Wednesday, July 17 at The Art Institute of Chicago

Hear from art collectors and former NBA players Darrell Walker and Elliot Perry as they discuss the process of building their art collections with contemporary and interdisciplinary artists Torkwase Dyson and Samuel Levi Jones!

Visit artic.edu/calendar for tickets

https://www.artic.edu/events/4577/concert-jamila-woodsChicago-based singer, songwriter, and poet Jamila Woods will close...
07/09/2019
Concert: Jamila Woods | The Art Institute of Chicago

https://www.artic.edu/events/4577/concert-jamila-woods

Chicago-based singer, songwriter, and poet Jamila Woods will close the Art Institute Block Party on July 21 at 7 PM with a performance of poetic and political R&B songs from LEGACY! LEGACY!, an album that explores the work and influence of pioneering artists of color such as James Baldwin, Frida Kahlo, Miles Davis, and Octavia Butler.

Support for Live Arts programming is provided by the Woman's Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

http://www.larryslist.com/artmarket/the-talks/former-nba-star-on-why-the-work-of-artist-of-color-is-vital-to-art-institu...
07/05/2019
Former NBA Star on Why the Work of Artist of Color is Vital to Art Institutions

http://www.larryslist.com/artmarket/the-talks/former-nba-star-on-why-the-work-of-artist-of-color-is-vital-to-art-institutions/

“My and my wife’s vision for the collection is to show what artists of color (African Americans & artists of the African Diaspora) are doing in all areas of the art profession. We do not only want our collection to be informative, but we want it to be transformative as well. To collect the tough pieces and not be put into a box by what, who and when to collect a certain artist.” —Elliot Perry featured on Larry's List

Join us on July 17 in Rubloff Auditorium, 6PM where former NBA players Elliot Perry and Darrell Walker will discuss building their art collections with artists Torkwase Dyson and Samuel Levi Jones!

For tickets, visit artic.edu/calendar

Artwork: Rashid Johnson, “The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual”, 2009.

Elliot Perry is a former NBA player and point guard with teams such as Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. Parallel to his triumph in basketball, Elliot Perry and his wife, Kimberly Per...

Special Event: Art Institute Block PartyThe Art Institute hosts its second annual Block Party on July 21! Join us for a ...
07/02/2019
Special Event: Art Institute Block Party | The Art Institute of Chicago

Special Event: Art Institute Block Party

The Art Institute hosts its second annual Block Party on July 21! Join us for a full day of performances, talks, storytelling, and art making in and around the entire museum. We invite you to take a close look at the lives of things and ask how the meaning of an artwork or an object changes over time—as it moves; changes hands, places, or functions; or when it becomes part of a collection.

https://www.artic.edu/events/4550/special-event-art-institute-block-party

Join us for the museum's biggest event of the year.

“Nearly all the major U.S. art fairs and biennial-style exhibitions in 2019 will be influenced by black curators. From t...
06/27/2019
Next: 28 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2018

“Nearly all the major U.S. art fairs and biennial-style exhibitions in 2019 will be influenced by black curators. From the Armory Show, and Frieze in New York and Los Angeles to Expo Chicago and the Whitney Biennial, they have been appointed artistic directors, tapped to select participating artists and galleries, and recruited to organize public programming. African American curators are also co-curating forthcoming editions of Prospect New Orleans (2020) and the New Museum Triennial (2021).”

https://www.culturetype.com/2018/12/29/next-28-art-curators-to-watch-who-took-on-new-appointments-in-2018/

  A SELECT GROUP OF BLACK CURATORS is making significant contributions to the museum field—collaborating with artists, organizing important exhibitions, shaping collections and programming,...

TOMORROW: Exuberus Teen Night, 6:00 - 10:00 PMCelebrate summer at our annual teen party—it’s free! Participate in teen-l...
06/26/2019

TOMORROW: Exuberus Teen Night, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Celebrate summer at our annual teen party—it’s free! Participate in teen-led tours and activities, display and trade your art with other teens in a citywide art exchange, and share your talents at our open mic/open stage. Stay late for an exclusive after-hours party featuring music, food, and dancing. After 8 PM, enter at 230 S Columbus Drive. Register at the link below.

Museum admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators

https://www.artic.edu/events/4491/exuberus-teen-night-4491

New Acquisition: The Textiles Department has officially welcomed Bisa Butler’s “The Safety Patrol” (2018) into its perma...
06/25/2019

New Acquisition: The Textiles Department has officially welcomed Bisa Butler’s “The Safety Patrol” (2018) into its permanent collection! “I often start my pieces with a black and white photo and allow myself to tell the story.” —Bisa Butler

Celebrate summer and art at Exuberus 2019, a FREE teen night at the Art Institute of Chicago!Participate in teen-led tou...
06/20/2019
Exuberus Teen Night | The Art Institute of Chicago

Celebrate summer and art at Exuberus 2019, a FREE teen night at the Art Institute of Chicago!

Participate in teen-led tours and activities, display and trade your art with other teens in a citywide art exchange, and share your talents at our open mic/open stage. Stay late for an exclusive after-hours party featuring music, food, and dancing.

Thursday, June 27, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Art Institute of Chicago
159 East Monroe Street

—after 8pm enter 230 S Columbus Drive—

https://www.artic.edu/events/4491/exuberus-teen-night-4491

Free, for high school teens

The Society for Contemporary Art 2019 acquisition vote officially welcomed artists Toyin Ojih Odutola and Maren Hassinge...
06/19/2019

The Society for Contemporary Art 2019 acquisition vote officially welcomed artists Toyin Ojih Odutola and Maren Hassinger into the Art Institute of Chicago collection! Ojih Odutola’s “The Treatment” and Hassinger’s “Interlock” are now on view in Galleries 295 and 297 in the Modern Wing.

Photo Credit: Toyin Ojih Odutola by Jason Schmidt

Now On View: The Quietest Room in the House by Genevieve Gaignard, Photography Gallery 10"When I say I'm passing, I mean...
06/18/2019

Now On View: The Quietest Room in the House by Genevieve Gaignard, Photography Gallery 10

"When I say I'm passing, I mean we navigate through the world how others see us, and I'm usually seen as white." —Genevieve Gaignard

Museum admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for children under 18, Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators.

TOMORROW: South Africa’s 2018 National Poet Laureate Mongane Wally Serote in Conversation with Chris Abani at 6 PMJoin u...
06/12/2019
Artist Talk: South Africa's 2018 National Poet Laureate Mongane Wally Serote in Conversation with Chris Abani | The Art Institute of Chicago

TOMORROW: South Africa’s 2018 National Poet Laureate Mongane Wally Serote in Conversation with Chris Abani at 6 PM

Join us for a poetry reading by Dr. Serote—a founding member of the Medu Art Ensemble—and a conversation on the broader influence of poetry and the revolutionary spirit of South Africa. This program is presented alongside the special exhibition, “The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster.” Register at the link below.

Presented with the Poetry Foundation

Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday 5:00–8:00—including during this event.

https://www.artic.edu/events/4431/artist-talk-south-africas-2018-national-poet-laureate-mongane-wally-serote-in-conversation-with-chris-abani

Talk with guest artist

Now On View: "Rock Anatomy" by Abraham Oghobase in  Photography Gallery 10 (Grand Staircase)"How do you quantify experie...
06/11/2019

Now On View: "Rock Anatomy" by Abraham Oghobase in Photography Gallery 10 (Grand Staircase)

"How do you quantify experiences...or objectify feeling? When you listen to ambient music, for example, it's a place where you float. That's the way I want to create image."
—Abraham Oghobase

Museum admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for children under 18, Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators

The Black Harvest Film Festival—“Chicago’s annual showcase for films that that tell the stories and explore the images, ...
06/05/2019

The Black Harvest Film Festival—“Chicago’s annual showcase for films that that tell the stories and explore the images, heritage, and history of the worldwide Black experience”—is accepting entries for its 2019 iteration. The deadline for entry is Friday, June 7. There is no entry fee for submissions and feature length or short films are invited for consideration in the festival. Check the link for eligibility and entry guidelines!

https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/BHFF19-call-for-entries

“Amazing Grace,” the extraordinary documentary of Aretha Franklin’s two-night recording session for her 1972 Grammy-winn...
06/04/2019
Amazing Grace | Gene Siskel Film Center

“Amazing Grace,” the extraordinary documentary of Aretha Franklin’s two-night recording session for her 1972 Grammy-winning album of the same name, is being shown June 7 - 13 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film was released this April, and prior to its release it had remained unfinished for 38 years. The footage documents 29-year-old Franklin performing before a live congregation at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. Visit the link below for show times.

https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/amazing-grace

Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements Amazing Grace 2018, Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack, USA, 87 min. BUY TICKETS Show Times Fri, Jun 7th 2:00pm Fri, Jun 7th 6:00pm Sat, Jun 8th 5:15pm Sat, Jun 8th 7:45pm Sun, Jun 9th 3:00pm Mon, Jun 10th 6:00pm Mon, Jun 10th 8:00pm Tue, Jun 11th 8:15pm Wed, Jun...

Now On View: “Interlock” by Maren HassingerSculptor—and former classical dancer—Maren Hassinger is a finalist for the 20...
05/30/2019

Now On View: “Interlock” by Maren Hassinger

Sculptor—and former classical dancer—Maren Hassinger is a finalist for the 2019 Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Vote. As an undergraduate student at Bennington College, her interest in dance and choreography shifted to a focus on sculpture informed by her prior exploration of movement and an object’s relationship to space. “Interlock” is scaled to her own body, and shows how her sculptural practice is rooted in her dance and performance background.

Museum admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators

"Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will be the ...
05/29/2019
Smithsonian Institution Names Lonnie G. Bunch III as Secretary -

"Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will be the 14th secretary in the institution’s 173-year history, and the first-ever African-American to take the role. Prior to joining the NMAAHC as director in 2005, Bunch served as president of the Chicago Historical Society."

http://www.artnews.com/2019/05/28/lonnie-g-bunch-iii-smithsonian-institution/

He is the first African-American to hold the position. Read More

Toyin Ojih Odutola (Nigerian, b. 1985) is another of the six finalists for the 2019 Society for Contemporary Art Acquisi...
05/28/2019

Toyin Ojih Odutola (Nigerian, b. 1985) is another of the six finalists for the 2019 Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Vote. These eight works on paper from the “The Treatment” series will be on view throughout the summer.

Museum admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators

Now On View: “Venetian Palace” by Lubaina HimidArtist and curator Lubaina Himid is one of six finalists for the 2019 Soc...
05/23/2019

Now On View: “Venetian Palace” by Lubaina Himid
Artist and curator Lubaina Himid is one of six finalists for the 2019 Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Vote. “Venetian Palace” will be on view throughout the summer. The work, part of the series Architects, Models, Plans (1997–98), depicts a fictionalized building and architectural elements designed by an imaginary black female architect.

Museum admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators.

Now On View: “The New Sun will Warm our Naked Bodies” by Wardell Milan in Modern Wing Gallery 295C at the Art Institute ...
05/22/2019

Now On View: “The New Sun will Warm our Naked Bodies” by Wardell Milan in Modern Wing Gallery 295C at the Art Institute of Chicago

Admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators.

“I spoke about what I had to say at the time I had to say it.” —Faith RinggoldA brief look into the legacy of iconic and...
05/21/2019
Iconoclast Faith Ringgold Takes on the Serpentine Galleries and Trump

“I spoke about what I had to say at the time I had to say it.” —Faith Ringgold
A brief look into the legacy of iconic and iconoclastic painter, Faith Ringgold. Ringgold’s “Black Light Series #7: Ego Painting” is now on view in the Modern Wing, Gallery 295A.

https://www.culturedmag.com/faith-ringgold/

The Harlem-born artist, activist and author has made work that is both searingly political and intimately personal.

05/16/2019
The Art Institute of Chicago

The Modern Wing turns 10!

Happy birthday to the Modern Wing! 🎂

Since its opening in 2009, the Modern Wing has welcomed nearly 16 million visitors, presented more than 150 exhibitions, and hosted thousands of dynamic programs.

Thanks to everyone who visited over the past 10 years. Here's to the next decade!

05/15/2019
"The People Shall Govern!"— On View Through September 2

Amarie Gipson is an Emerging Arts Leaders intern and research associate on the recently opened exhibition, “The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster.” Follow Amarie as she gives a brief overview of the exhibition during an Express Talk—a series of 30 minute gallery talks that happen regularly throughout the museum. "The People Shall Govern!" is on view through September 2.

Admission is free every Thursday evening for Illinois residents, and free daily for Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators. Film credit: Katia Perez Fuentes and Briana Pickens

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