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Culture in Action: Public Art in Chicago Twenty Years Later

Marroquin symposium

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Culture in Action, the seminal public art exhibition curated by Mary Jane Jacob as part of Sculpture Chicago in 1993, this symposium brings together past participants and artists working today to discuss its impact on the current field of community-based public art, particularly in Chicago. Culture in Action facilitated challenging frameworks for artists working within communities to create public art and today’s artists face similar issues in a radically changed artistic, political, and economic climate. Together participants and attendees will discuss what we have learned and what we have yet to learn.

Saturday, October 5, 1:00 — 4:30 pm
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (Main Lobby) 
969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Reception 5 – 7 pm
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Midway Studios 929 E. 60th St

1 — 2:30 PM: A conversation on Twenty years later” between artist Daniel Joseph Martinez and arts writer Michael Brenson
3 — 4:30 PM: Where to Now?” with Chicago artists and organizers Sarah Ross, Nicole Marroquin (MFA 2008), Andres Hernandez, and Carla Mayer; moderated by Abigail Satinsky, Associate Director, threewalls.

The event will close with thoughts by artist A. Laurie Palmer, followed by a reception at the Never the Same exhibition in The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at Midway Studios 929 E. 60th St.