A Johnson Publishing Story: the Expansion


As part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Rebuild Foundation presents A Johnson Publishing Story, organized by artist Theaster Gates and on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island Avenue) June 28 – September 30, 2018.

Founded in Chicago in 1942, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) held dominance over the African American publishing and media landscape for many decades with publications Ebony and Jet and the nationally syndicated TV show Ebony/Jet Showcase. A Johnson Publishing Story will examine the role of the JPC in defining and disseminating a black aesthetic and culture to national and international audiences in the mid-20th century.

Join us the evening of August 30 to kick off A Johnson Publishing Story’s last month and celebrate an expansion of the exhibition featuring more furnishings, objects and artwork in the Arts Bank galleries. Drinks will be served and dancing is encouraged, Rahsaan ‘DJ Sean Doe’ Hawkins will be spinning records from the era.