White supremacy, exploitative labor, capitalism, and abusive hierarchies are rampant within art and cultural institutions. And the MCA is no exception. On July 16th, staff from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago demanded action to protect the safety of workers and towards uprooting white supremacy and racial injustice within the museum. They wrote a list of demands addressed to the Pritzker Director of the MCA, Madeleine Grynsztejn. Full-time and part-time staff, artists, volunteers, and the public joined MCAccountable to bring to the light the performative allyship and pandering that the museum has presented to the city. With 50 percent of MCA staff saying they felt uncomfortable returning to work, and 13 percent saying they felt uncertain, leadership dismissed the Human Resource Re-Entry Survey and opened it’s doors on July 24th. The collective stated that reopening is “dangerous, irresponsible, ableist, and racist” in the wake of a pandemic with cases only rising every day. To date, 956 people have signed on in support of MCAccountable’s collective statement and demands. What do Black lives look like for the …
A letter written by both part-time and full-time Black faculty at SAIC who are expressing demands for dismantling structural and institutional racism within SAIC.
An excerpt of the letter written by Nadia Frierson, Toni Ivory, and Nicholas Zepeda, a Black and Latinx student-artist-trio, who are “standing in solidarity to dismantle implicit and overt racism rooted within the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”
All of us at Sixty can’t help but to think about the strain that is being put on our arts community in Chicago and across the Midwest. Exhibitions, performances, and fundraisers are being canceled or postponed indefinitely, contract opportunities are halting, schools and cultural institutions are being shut down, side-gigs at and income from bars, restaurants, and retail stores are dwindling. We are also seeing incredible examples of community organizing in and beyond the arts that are providing quick support locally, regionally, and nationally. And if you’re like us, you’re looking for ways to support those efforts or even start your own initiatives to help others who are in need. Knowledge is power, so in an effort to share information, we’ve compiled a growing list of suggestions, resources, and things you can do, models you can adapt, and small actions you can take now to do your part. And though we are sharing these resources with the best of intentions, we encourage you to also do your own research into the organizations, initiatives, and efforts …
Walking into the CPS All-City High School Visual Arts Exhibition, guests are greeted with an electrifying blue color on parallel zigzag walls, playful typography, and an array of artwork by high schoolers throughout Chicago. With every turn, there’s an attention-grabbing piece of art or something to interact with. The team at the Design Museum of Chicago has built its reputation around creating memorable and rewarding experiences, with this exhibition inviting the city’s young artists to reap the benefits of its thoughtful execution. DCASE has brought together the CPS Department of Visual Arts and the Design Museum of Chicago to organize two exhibitions: the All-City High School Visual Arts Exhibition and the All-City Elementary School Visual Arts Exhibition. The collaboration has sparked an overwhelming excitement over the possibilities within both organizations. “Everyone was so excited, it was like the roof was going to blow off the building,” exclaimed Tanner Woodford, Founder and Executive Director of the Design Museum. Having a show that was inclusive and representative of as many types of students as possible was at …
I couldn’t come up with a short list of my teachers without including the beloved artist, educator, space-maker and force-of-nature, Sabina Ott. And since she is no longer here for me to pose this question to her, I’ll share, at length, how important she has been in my life and the life of Sixty Inches From Center. In addition to this being a space for my teachers, this piece on Sabina also serves another purpose. Although we are known as an arts publication, at the heart of Sixty’s mission is a deep passion for legacy-nurturing and legacy-keeping for Chicago artists—especially those most vulnerable to the erasure that happens so often within art historical narratives. It is also in that spirit that I write this. Sixty started in 2010 with incredible support from a group of artists, historians, and mentors out of Columbia College whose commitment and investment in me and my co-founding partner at the time, Nicolette Caldwell, was bottomless and generous in a way that often left us speechless. Sabina Ott is one of …
Envisioning Justice is a 19-month initiative presented by Illinois Humanities that looks into how Chicagoans and Chicago artists respond to the the impact of incarceration in local communities and how the arts and humanities are used to devise strategies for lessening this impact. As part of Envisioning Justice, a selected group of writers, photographers, activists, artists, and organizers are working with Sixty as residents to publish writing and photo documentation of the work happening at the cross-section of art and the criminal justice system across Chicago. Meet the residents: Ally Almore Photographer at Let Us Breathe Collective Website | She/Her Ally Almore is an artist and photographer born and raised in Chicago, IL. She grew up in a low-income immigrant family household in Pilsen that was always full of personality. A documenter for creatives from all walks of life, Ally is not afraid to saturate her images, because they usually accompany saturated narratives. The people she photographs are anything but bland and she believes that it’s her responsibility as a photographer to do them justice. She has always naturally been drawn to photography and the idea …
A look at the complete lineup for the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival: Art Design Chicago Edition at Read/Write Library on July 13-14th.
We’re searching for writers to cover Chicago’s emerging art scenes–visual art, music, performance, dance, poetry and all other art forms.
A call for writers, photographers, and guest editors for 9-month, neighborhood residency around artists’ responses to and the impacts of incarceration and the criminal legal system in Chicago.
The top 10 articles that had you spending quality time with Sixty in 2017.
Two panel discussions that consider how space, architecture, and art are all used together as tools for decolonizing narratives and also for uplifting and sometimes displacing communities.
A three-day festival of all things archiving and community autonomy in documentation, storytelling, and arts writing.
Volunteer for the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival and learn some community archiving skills from Read/Write Library in the process.
Projects and events to keep an eye out for from Sixty this spring.
Exhibitions, performances, screenings, actions and other events to keep you warm and active this month.
Download our list of 30+ local and national justice-focused organizations and host your own Transition to Power screening and Action Session.
Get a first look at the episodes of Transition To Power, the latest documentary film series by On The Real Film on artists in the election aftermath.
Our top six picks of art, film, and performance to see this month in Chicago.
A list of art, performance, talks, and other events happening across Chicago.
A series of gatherings that bring together arts and culture writers, platform-builders and media-makers in Chicago, launching in 2017.
Facing many great obstacles towards progress in our society, we look to artists to illuminate the path forward.
Treat yourself to a limited-edition print by a Chicago artist.
On Aug 10th, artists share insight on ways they thoughtfully work across and within different communities.
Sixty creates a collaboration among friends at Mana Contemporary in Pilsen.
We at Sixty want to thank you all for coming out to “What’s Your Art?” Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago. You could have been anywhere in the city and you chose to come celebrate with us and WBEZ!