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Conversation: Photography and the Black Arts Movement in Chicago



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    Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event.

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Valeria “Mikki” Ferrill. Untitled from The Garage, 1972. National Docent Symposium Endowment. © Mikki Ferrill.

This two-part event, presented in connection with Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980, begins with a conversation among exhibition artists Darryl Cowherd, Roy Lewis, and Ozier Muhammad considering their work in Chicago’s South Side.

Following the conversation will be a discussion about the impact and lasting legacy of these artists’ work among journalist and author Natalie Moore of WBEZ; Kyra Kyles, previously of Ebony; Romi Crawford, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and artists Maria Gaspar and Tonika Johnson.

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Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980 is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

This exhibition is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional support is contributed by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation and Allison and Susan Davis.


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