Untitled by Rhonda Gray, part of “In Retrospect: An Exhibition Series and Archival Project” exhibition at the African American Cultural Center

Untitled by Rhonda Gray, part of “In Retrospect: An Exhibition Series and Archival Project” exhibition at the African American Cultural Center

The African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago presents the final installment of “In Retrospect: An Exhibition Series and Archival Project,” which commemorates the center’s 25th anniversary.

The exhibition will run from its opening reception on Aug. 22, 3:30 – 5 p.m., until its closing reception on Dec. 9, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and also by appointment.

The final of three installments of “In Retrospect” features the works of six Chicago-area artists who previously exhibited at the African American Cultural Center as a part of the center’s long-running Visiting Artists Series from 1991 to 2012.

The artworks also introduce the center’s 2016-2017 theme, “A Year of Remedies.” They reflect upon the state of black women’s centrality in Africa and its diaspora, convey aspects of African heritage through quilt-making, offer spiritual restoration through creative practices, promote care for one’s inner and outer beauty as well as environments, and attempt to reconcile multiple worldviews within communities of African descent.

“Together, the works in this exhibition offer a broad spectrum of healing practices that soothe the pain we absorb from our era’s repeated manifestations of violence,” said Lori Barcliff Baptista, director of the center and faculty member in museum and exhibition studies.

The opening reception features remarks by the visiting artists, who include photographer Dorothy Perry, visual artists Rhonda Gray and Henry L. Jones, and mixed media artists M. Victoria Bianco, Trish Williams and Patricia A. Stewart.

UIC’s African American Cultural Center has been celebrating its 25th anniversary all year with an exhibition series, arts workshops, poetry readings, story circles, an archival research project and other activities that highlight historical and contemporary issues and events that have furthered the center’s mission and experience.

More information about the exhibition and related programs is available at (312) 996-9549 or online.

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