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Panafrica across Chicago


A constellation of exhibitions and events at the Art Institute and across our city that explore ideas around freedom, solidarity, and place from artists throughout Africa and the African diaspora

DEC 15, 2024–MAR 30, 2025

Project a Black Planet: The Art and Culture of Panafrica

The first major exhibition to survey Pan-Africanism’s cultural manifestations gathers together some 350 objects, spanning the 1920s to the present, made by artists on four of the world’s seven continents: Africa, North and South America, and Europe.

Events at the Art Institute

Upcoming events will be added as they are finalized.

Exhibitions around Chicago

Events around Chicago

Preview: Projections of Panafrica

Jun 1, 2024 | 7:00–9:00
A screening of Sarah Maldoror’s début film Monangambééé (1968), followed by a listening session with DJ and cultural producer Rae Chardonnay, inaugurates the citywide exploration of Pan-Africanism. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 

Presented by the Art Institute of Chicago in partnership with the Neubauer Collegium, Chicago Humanities, and Arts + Public Life.

Images: Zarina Bhimji. Still from Out of Blue, 2002. Purchased with funds provided by Barbara Ruben in memory of Thomas H. Ruben. © Zarina Bhimji. All rights reserved. Courtesy of The Times of India, Begum Abida Parveen from the album “Baba Bulleh Shah;” The Otolith Group. Detail of Cine-Sahel (Cinegeometries of Cinemafricana), 2024. Courtesy the artists. © The Otolith Group; Ayrson Heraclito. Cabeça de Nanã, from the series “Bori” (Feed the Head) (detail), 2009, printed 2023. Purchased with funds provided by Suzette Bross Bulley; Kerry James Marshall. Africa Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra) (detail), 2003. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow; A promotional image for Equiano.stories; Dawit L. Petros. Istruzioni (Transits, Trajectories, Invisible Networks), Part III, 2021–23. Courtesy of the artist; Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of the Otolith Group at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore, October 29, 2014. Via; Betye Saar in her Laurel Canyon studio, 1975. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Photo by Richard W. Saar; A still from Sarah Maldoror’s short film Monangambééé, 1968. © René Vautier, Courtesy of Annouchka de Andrade.


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