Category: The Arts

Prince-Blythewood’s ‘Beyond the Lights’ is about “being seen”

  Prince-Blythewood was in her native Chicago along with budding mega star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) for the 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute and Gala, as part of the 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. Prince-Blythewood was the recipient of the group’s Artistic Achievement Award and Mbatha-Raw received this year’s Emerging Talent Award. The Red Carpet... Read more »

Black Desire in Practice Opens during Artist Month at South Side Community Art Center

Artist Joyce Owens with her husband Monroe
“Black Desire in Practice” an exhibition by Artist Joyce Owens opened at the South Side Community Art Center on October 11, heralding Artist Month in Bronzeville.  Black Desire in Practice is a collection of visual works that pushes critical and theoretical issues tied to being African American.  Owens’ Artist Talk drew over 150 people to the historic... Read more »

South Side Community Art Center hosts artist talk featuring son of co-founder Eldzier Cortor

South Side Community Art Center hosts artist talk featuring son of co-founder Eldzier Cortor
CHICAGO – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) opened the exhibition Transcending Times: Works by Eldzier Cortor on Sunday, July 27 with a talk featuring the son of the master artist/printmaker and one of the founders of the SSCAC.  Michael Cortor joined Sarah Kelly Oehler, associate curator of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago;... Read more »
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South Side Community Art Center Presents "Transcending Time: Works by Eldzier Cortor

 South Side Community Art Center Presents "Transcending Time:  Works by Eldzier Cortor
As the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) approaches its 75th Anniversary in 2015, it will host an exhibit of the work of one of its founders, Master Artist/Printmaker Eldzier Cortor, beginning Sunday July 27.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cortor at 98, is still a practicing artist who weaves a social... Read more »

Candace Hunter's "Hooded Truths" dredges up powerful emotions at South Side Community Art Center

The Artist, Candace Hunter
Candace Hunter’s “Hooded Truths”, now on exhibit at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC), is both provocative and evocative.  The installation makes you catch your breath and, as the artist describes it, is ‘”a painful and complicated affair”. Hunter has disassembled the African American icons of history and civil rights and expertly weaved them... Read more »

Goodman Theatre grooms young women critics

Maya
I was privileged to speak with three members of the Goodman Theatre’s “Cindy Bandle Young Critics” (CBYC) program recently.  The program, in its seventh year, is produced in partnership with the Association for Women Journalists (AWJ) Chicago and named for the Goodman’s longtime press director.  The goal of CBYC is to increase awareness of and... Read more »
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South Side Community Art Center presents “Hooded Truths” by Candace Hunter

South Side Community Art Center presents “Hooded Truths” by Candace Hunter
The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host “Hooded Truths”, an exhibit of the works of Candace Hunter, opening June 13 at SSCAC, 3831 S. Michigan Ave.  The exhibit is “a cornucopia of images, ideas and personas all swathed in the costume of 21st Century America – the hoodie.  In the exhibit Hunter explores... Read more »

‘Belle’ contemplates race, class, sex and changing hearts and minds

The biopic ‘Belle’, set in late 18th century Britain, provides a unique and heretofore untold version of the history of African Americans with slavery as a backdrop.  The movie offers a look at the distinctions class has on race and the institution of slavery.  It is beautifully done by the directing and screenwriting pair Amma... Read more »

South Side Community Art Center to host 49th Annual Art Auction on June 7

South Side Community Art Center to host 49th Annual Art Auction on June 7
The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host its “49th Annual Art Auction and Fundraiser at Hermann Hall on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology on Saturday, June 7 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The Auction will honor artist and former SSCAC Executive Director Douglas Williams.  The Art Auction is SSCAC’s primary annual... Read more »
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Motown The Musical: A Rhythmic Romp Through History

When the curtain rises on Motown the Musical it grabs you with its pounding beats and stunning dance moves and never lets go. It is literally the sound track of a generation with a story wrapped around it. And when it debuted last night at the Oriental Theater the audience just couldn’t get enough. Bookended... Read more »