Columbia College Chicago

Where the Future Came From: Symposium

November 1—2, 2018
Keynote Conversation: Thursday, November 1, 5:30—8 p.m.
Discussions: Friday, November 2, 9 a.m.—5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 5—7 p.m.

Come to the opening program of Where the Future Came From, a symposium and exhibition focusing on the role of feminist artist-run activities in Chicago from the late 19th century to the present.

This symposium will kick off with a keynote conversation featuring Lynne Warren, Adjunct Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Courtney Fink, Director of Common Field, to discuss feminism, the artists, and money. This will be followed by a day-long program featuring presentations by Estelle Carol of Chicago Women's Graphics Collective, Arlene Turner-Crawford of Sapphire and Crystals, Mary Ellen Croteau of SisterSerpents, and Beate Minkovski of Woman Made Gallery, as well as a panel discussion with members of current feminist artist-run projects including panelists Gloria Talemantes of Mujeres Mutantes, Amina Ross and Jory Drew from F4F, Jennifer Sova from The Overlook Place, and Luz Magdaleno Flores and Daisy Yessenia Zamora Centeno from Brown and Proud Press, moderated by Kate Hadley Toftness, Director, Chicago Archives + Artists Project.

As the history of artist-run projects in Chicago is one that often lives in the memories of the people who ran and experienced the projects, the public is invited to bring related materials, ephemera, and stories of feminist artist-run projects to share during the symposium and throughout the duration of the exhibition.

This symposium kicks off a three-month exhibition in Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery exploring Chicago’s deep history of artist-run activities and seeks to contextualize the role of feminism within that history and expand beyond work previously explored. Throughout the run of the exhibition, six scholars in residence will present different points of view on subjects related to the material in the show. Where the Future Came From is an open participatory research lab where artists, viewers, and art historians are all invited in as experts based on their experience with any given project.

Where the Future Came From is organized and curated by Meg Duguid, Director of Exhibitions for Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces (DEPS).

This project is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Where the Future Came From is funded by the Terra Foundation and partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 9:00am to 7:00pm

Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

Event Type

Exhibition, Gallery Opening, Lecture, Reception, Symposium, Discussion


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



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Meg Duguid

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