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Weekend Photos: Dayo Laoye and To Art & Profit

This weekend at South Side Community Art Center they held the opening of a new exhibition of work by Dayo Laoye and the final panel discussion of the To Art & Profit Performance Festival. The following are some images from the events.

Compositions | A Semi-Retrospective of Dayo Laoye

Currently at South Side Community Art Center are the sketches, studies and paintings of Yoruba native and long-time Chicago resident Dayo Laoye. The exhibition, titled Compositions, is a semi-retrospective that illustrates the waves of his practice through two decades worth of work ranging from portraits of Yoruban Priestesses to experiments with the possibilities of paint with pure abstraction and charcoal/pastel portraits of local Chicagoans. While showing work that he has done over decades (some dating back to his time as a fine art student at Howard University), Compositions also exhibits how his work has evolved through the more recently created pieces on display. “Without trying to blow my own trumpet, this exhibition will show the viewer how freer my style is getting.” – Dayo Laoye.  Exhibition runs now through June 26, 2011, with an artist lecture on June 11th from 1pm – 3pm and a closing reception on June 26th from 2pm – 5pm.

The following is a collection of photos taken at the opening on May 20, 2011.

To Art + Profit | Come As You Are: Re-Imagining Art with a Conscience

Panelists Henry Cervantes (Youth Peer Organizer at Telpochcalli Community Education Project), Terri Johnson (Hull House), David Feiner (Producing Artistic Director, Albany Park Theater Project), Roell Schmidt (Director of Links Hall), Lisa Biggs (Performer, playwright and director researching theatre programs for incarcerated women), Evin Marie (playwright and owner of The Maekeen Room) took part in the final discussion, Come As You Are: Re-Imagining Art with a Conscience, for the To Art & Profit Performance Festival on May 22, 2011.  If you missed the March and April installments of the festival, you can see the videos by Subverse Studios and more at the To Art & Profit website.

The following is a collection of photos taken during the spectacle and panel discussion.

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2 Responses to " Weekend Photos: Dayo Laoye and To Art & Profit "

  1. Dayo Laoye says:

    Thanks for this well written article on my work.I appreciate the exposure!Please keep me posted,i’ll like to read more from you about the arts.

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