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The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford
Image courtesy of the artist. Currently at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, The Neo Negro features new work by James Britt that utilizes humor and absurdity to pose questions about our relationship to popular culture and the icons that play a part within it. Just as we often attempt to insert ourselves into these scenes, Britt as his alter ego S’emaj L’rea has made his smiling image consistently... 

Out in the Cold: Winter through the lens of the Chicago Photography Collective

Out in the Cold: Winter through the lens of the Chicago Photography Collective
Endurance in unforgiving conditions. That is the way of nature — and the way of Chicago — in winter. Members of the Chicago Photography Collective delved into the season of extremity in their most recent exhibit Out in the Cold, which finished its run Jan. 28 in the Loop. Images from different genres — from street to abstract photography — portray urban and natural worlds that are equal parts... 

Five Questions with Artist James Jankowiak

Five Questions with Artist James Jankowiak
I initially came across the work of James Jankowiak when it was being displayed in The Post Family booth at Art Chicago/Next in spring of 2011. In December of 2011, I got to work with James at What’s Your Art? and I finally had the chance to ask him the following five questions. Here are his five really insightful answers about his life-long passion as a creative and maker of art. If you had to... 

The Future’s Past: Revisiting the Bronzville Community // Part I

The Future's Past: Revisiting the Bronzville Community // Part I
The Future’s Past, curated by Tempestt Hazel, co-founder and co-executive director of Sixty Inches From Center, is a project initiated on behalf of a fellowship that she received from the Black Metropolis Consortium (BMRC). The basis of The Future’s Past is from a year’s worth of intensive research through a variety of archives from partnering institutions and other found sources. The culmination... 

BIFORA | Carlo LoCascio Exhibition at Blanc Gallery

BIFORA | Carlo LoCascio Exhibition at Blanc Gallery
Detail of the work Violated Stability, a work in Bifora: Portrait of a Moment, the work of Carlo LoCascio at Blanc Gallery, July 4, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) “Living isn’t space or time; living is only many moments, the sum of which is also but a moment.” – Carlo LoCascio   When you step inside of Blanc Gallery you quickly realize just that–it’s... 

Weekend Photos: Dayo Laoye and To Art & Profit

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... 

Hair Politics: A Studio Visit with Rhonda Gray

Hair Politics: A Studio Visit with Rhonda Gray
Hair and all that it signifies has appeared in the work of artists in many different ways. One of my favorite cases involves David Hammons who for pieces such as Esquire (Or John Henry) (1990) went to New York barber shops to collect the cut hair he would later use in his sculptures and other installations. For women, hair has always been a tricky subject. As I sat down with artist Rhonda Gray in... 

…four blocks south and one block west.

…four blocks south and one block west.
Rhonda Gray is an arts educator at DuSable Museum who is getting her Masters in History.  Kudzai has a successful history with the marketing, branding and advertising world.  Dana Todd-Pope is a super-stylish former model, now mother of three beautiful children–her oldest, who I call Lady Em, is so cute and vibrant that she could have her own TV show.  While they are all independently successful... 
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