Category: The Arts

South Side Community Art Center’s 51st Annual Art Auction to feature treasure trove of African American historic and contemporary art

South Side Community Art Center’s 51st Annual Art Auction to feature treasure trove of African American historic and contemporary art
(CHICAGO) — The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host its 51st Annual Art Auction & Fundraiser on Saturday, May 21, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, McLean Ballroom from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. As throughout its history, the Auction will feature art from established and emerging artists, including such... Read more »

Congo Square’s ‘What I learned in Paris’ offers wit, humor and a lesson on dining well

What I Learned in Paris, the play by Pearl Cleage, interpreted by Congo Square Theatre Company takes place in 1973, the night of Maynard Jackson’s election as the first African American Mayor of Atlanta, GA.  At first blush you wonder why Atlanta as a backdrop here in a city where Harold Washington’s legacy looms large. ... Read more »

Celebrating Chicago and Harlem's connection to the arts

Woodrow Nash Sculpture at Harlem Fine Art Show
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), the largest traveling African Diaspora art show and sale in the United States drew nearly 8,000 attendees during its four day run at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.   Artists from as far away as Brazil showcased the depth and breadth of African American art at the show and sale, including esteemed nationally... Read more »
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Chicago - An Arts City Unlike Any Other

Chicago is undeniably a great arts city and it is too hard to keep up sometimes.  This weekend was a prime example with EXPO Chicago, great documentaries and movies playing and the premier of “Disgraced” at the Goodman Theater.  Also did you catch of the launch of the Facebook Page “Black Art Chicago?  Well, you... Read more »

The African Festival of the Arts: Using Culture to Span Continents

For 26 years, Africa International House has brought the African Diaspora to the U.S with their unique cultural celebration, the African Festival of the Arts.  Held each Labor Day weekend in Chicago, the Festival offers a glimpse into the many unique treasures of the African Continent as well as African-centric offerings from across the globe. ... Read more »

SSCAC founder Eldzier Cortor makes historic return to the institution he helped establish

Cortor with the current Board Members of the SSCAC
The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) presents “An Afternoon with Eldzier Cortor” had many unforgettable moments.  Nigel Freeman of New York’s Swan Gallery interviewed Cortor in front of a packed house at the Center he and his fellow artists founded 75 years ago.  He recounted details about the Center, his contemporaries like Gwendolyn Brooks,... Read more »
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SSCAC founder Eldzier Cortor returns for once in a lifetime conversation on Saturday, February 21

SSCAC founder Eldzier Cortor returns for once in a lifetime conversation on Saturday, February 21
CHICAGO – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) presents “An Afternoon with Eldzier Cortor” on Saturday, February 21 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  At age 99, Cortor is the last surviving founder of the SSCAC and is still a practicing artist.  Nigel Freeman, curator of African American Art at Swann Gallery New York, will... Read more »

Despite setbacks, the legacy MLK set in motion cannot be stopped

“One day when the glory comes it’ll be ours, it will be ours;   One day when the war is one we will be sure, we will be here sure.”  Lyrics from Glory by John Legend and Common  Something about these lyrics have captured my heart, something about the movie Selma speaks to me as a... Read more »

The real sporting life of Porgy and Bess' Jermaine Smith

The real sporting life of Porgy and Bess' Jermaine Smith
Porgy and Bess began as a novel by DuBose Heyward that depicted life in Charleston’s fictional Catfish Row.  The life of hard work, triumph and folly in the cotton fields and on the shrimping boats was amazingly brought to life by George and Ira Gershwin, and the returning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago does... Read more »
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Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the Chi

Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the Chi
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) will be at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago from October 30 to November 2, 2014 showcasing the works of dozens of established and emerging African-American artists, including artists from Chicago. The HFAS, held annually in New York City since 2010, has attracted more than 50,000 visitors and accounted for millions... Read more »