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Getting Archived in Englewood and Bronzevile

Getting Archived in Englewood and Bronzevile
Avery R. Young getting archived at South Side Community Art Center, May 25, 2013. (Photo by Sixty Inches From Center.) Sixty spent the past two Saturdays on Chicago’s South Side archiving the work of artists and spaces across the city.  One thing you may not know about these events is that they don’t just open the door for artists to have their work included in the archive, but they also... 

Dig It Up, Dust It Off, and Donate It: Get Archived 2013

Dig It Up, Dust It Off, and Donate It: Get Archived 2013
South Side Community Art Center, 2012. Photo by Sixty Inches From Center. Pull out the old shoe boxes. Look into the cracks of books, sketchbooks and notepads. Dig into your hard drives and collect the images and files that have been created, rearranged, updated and buried through out your career.  Gather them all together and join us this summer to build up the archives with Chicago’s art-makers... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4
For the final installment of my search through the Chicago Artists Archive, I went looking for some personal favorites: Christina Ramberg, Tony Fitzpatrick and Roger Brown. Selections from Ramberg's file I became a big fan of the late Christina Ramberg’s work last year while creating a body of work involving hair.  To me, her work is the dark side of the Chicago Imagist.  She rarely, if ever,... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 2

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 2
During my first exploration of the Chicago Artists Archive I found the extensive file of Phil Berkman,  one of the founding members of N.A.M.E. artist collective and gallery space. N.A.M.E. was the avant-garde center of Chicago, showing paintings, sculpture, performance and video work through the 1970s and 1980s.  The founding artists claim N.A.M.E. is not an abbreviation for anything, however some... 

Taking Artists To The Archives: SIFC Partners with Harold Washington Library

Taking Artists To The Archives: SIFC Partners with Harold Washington Library
Have you thought about your artistic legacy recently? Have you asked yourself what people will know about you and your work ten, twenty, fifty, or one hundred years from now? Harold Washington Library, 2010. (Image Courtesy of Tempestt Hazel.) These may not be questions at the forefront of an artist’s mind, but they have been on ours. Part of the mission of Sixty Inches From Center is to document... 
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