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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 of this research is a selection public window installations and works in progress by Chicago artists Stephen Flemister, Krista Franklin and Amanda Williams, which demonstrate a piece of the history of Chicago’s Black Metropolis.

One component of the opening reception was a guided trolley tour that brought patrons to the five window installations located at important landmarks in the neighborhood. The guide explained the histories of the Bronzeville community and why it was and still is a world-class community.

Thumb through the selection of images below that capture moments from the opening reception. Images in the slideshow are credited to Andrew Roddewig. Be sure to keep posted next week for part II of this segment featuring an interview with the curator, Tempestt Hazel.

The exhibition is housed at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville located at 4445 S. King Drive. For more information about the show, information on the programming, to see the work progress or to schedule a walk-through contact Tempestt Hazel at

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  2. Aljesus says:

    Thanks, Tempestt for the Chicago shout out! Great as well that you mentioned the mayoral race. I hope that more artists and art historians are going to lobby for a continuation of arts support. On a related point, the NEH/NEA budgets are up for debate next week, and they are NOT secure. So, if folks could contact their congressperson and say you support the NEH/NEA, that would be great too.

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