Chicago on My Mind

Sunday, February 26 more dates through February 26, 2017

Arts Incubator 301 E Garfield Boulevard Chicago, IL 60637

Chicago on My Mind: Selections from Private Chicago Collections
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, ​6–8 p.m.

Arts + Public Life’s inaugural Resident Curatorial Collective present Chicago On My Mind, an exhibition which shares a story of many Chicagos. Expanding on the intended curatorial vision of the 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago on My Mind explores cultural values driven by Chicago-based social and civic-minded collection practices. 

This exhibition takes form through a collaborative spirit between Curatorial Collective residents La Keisha Leek and Sadie Woods, and 10 private collectors who are practicing artists, curators, cultural producers, educators and founders of independently run arts organizations. Each participant, having stakes in the Chicago arts community, is treated as co-curator throughout the selection process of works featured in the exhibition. Chicago on My Mind creates a documented history and contemporary narrative that links to feminist and civil rights movements, the erasure of black masculinity through the prison industrial complex, immigrant rights, displacement, hope and resilience. 

A key focal point to the practices of Leek and Woods is to further the reach of the local. Curation, as a point of departure, inserts the artist and social understandings of the city into a larger discourse of the intersections of art and politics. Chicago on My Mind features select works from the collections of Janice Bond, Dwamina K. Drew, Lou Mallozzi, Rob McKay, Cesáreo Moreno, Sabina Ott, Edra Soto, Tricia Van Eck, Raub Welch and Eric Williams. Amongst a group ranging from emerging to established artists featured in the exhibition are Hebru Brantley, Shani Crowe, Stephen Flemister, Lamont Hamilton, Dayo Laoye, Harold Mendez, Melissa Potter and Kara Walker.

Presented by the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Additional exhibition support is provided by the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS) at Columbia College Chicago.

Related Events:
Opening Reception
Friday, January 20, 6–8 p.m.
Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

Table Talk
Thursday, February 16, 12–1 p.m.
Currency Exchange Café, 305 E. Garfield Blvd.

Collector's Talk and Closing Reception
Friday, February 24, 6–8 p.m.
Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

Closing Night After Party
Friday, February 24, 8–10 p.m.
BING Reading Room, 307 E. Garfield Blvd.

Event Type

Exhibition, Gallery Opening


Students, Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS)






Contact Name

Elizabeth (Sadie) Woods

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