All posts tagged: Cecil McDonald Jr

Who Are Your Teachers?: After Richard Hunt at the Koehnline Museum of Art

This summer the exhibition Sculpting A Chicago Artist: Richard Hunt and His Teachers Nellie Barr and Egon Weiner opened at the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, curated by Nathan Harpaz. Using his relationship with these two teachers, this exhibition taps into some of Hunt’s most formative years and the people he gravitated to as he moved closer to his calling–from adolescence to his college days. As an artist who has been making work in Chicago for over 60 years, Richard Hunt has had an incredible influence–not just on artists, not just on Chicago, but from coast to coast and throughout the world. In a way that is often quietly kept and unseen, this exhibition shifts our understanding of Hunt’s influence in a new direction that positions him as the influenced–something we aren’t often lucky enough to see in an exhibition space, but rather is reserved for the pages of books. His resonance and expansive presence first registered to me in 2009 when I attended the James A. Porter Colloquium at Howard University. Determined to find a quiet …

The Way You Move: A Prom Night Interview with Cecil McDonald, Jr.

We at Sixty are believers in the idea that some things can’t be taught. Some things are just in your blood. That sentiment comes to mind when thinking about the work, style and charisma of photographer Cecil McDonald, Jr. Like his fashion sense, Cecil’s photographs serve as evidence of an attention to detail and an appreciation for the overlooked that forces us to see and imagine our surroundings in a refreshing way. It is this eye and also his love for movement and music that put him on our list of Chaperones for Prom Night. Pay attention as he shares his relationship to fashion, inspirations and what will catch his eye for Prom Court. Sixty Inches From Center: How would you describe your personal style? Cecil McDonald, Jr.: Understated, classic, and unexpected. I like for looks to emerge where my ideas are not obvious or showy but once you notice hopefully you are captivated and I have created a memory for the viewer. This is starting to sound like my artist statement…yes, they are one in the same. …