Please join us for the opening reception of After Today, an exhibition curated by Lorelei Stewart and featuring artists Marianne Fairbanks, Fultonia, 96 Acres, Jason Lazarus, Cauleen Smith, Jan Tichy, and Amanda Williams.
After Today includes seven artists’ projects that respond to the city of Chicago's social, political, and economic conditions. At this moment of rapid change and political debate—with increasing income inequality, in the long wake of the 2008 recession, as neighborhoods across the city continue to transform, with the rise of labor movements, as the tech sector expands in Chicago, with the transformations of Chicago’s public sector, as wider attention is paid to police violence, and given the long story of race in the city—the artist’s address the city's changes and its possible future. The seven artists, all Chicago-based, use a variety of organization and material strategies and focus on topics that range across economic effects, collective action, and how the past and present condition desires for the future—with a number of projects highlighting aspects of the city’s criminal justice system.
Image: Jan Tichy, Changing Chicago (26th Street), 2011, 8 mins. (video still). Courtesy the artist and Richard Gray Gallery.