Killer of Sheep

Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup… Learn More

Illusions and Your Children Come Back to You

The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips… Learn More

Coming to America

A wealthy and pampered African Prince comes to America in search of a bride. His destination, of course, is Queens in New York. Accompanied by his closest companion, the Prince quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and more trouble than most. Keep an eye out for Murphy and Hall in some… Learn More

Rebuild Open House

Join us for a Rebuild Open House across two sites: Dorchester Artist + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) Meet neighbors, artists, creatives and Rebuild Foundation staff Pick up program proposal applications and enjoy light refreshments Beginning at 6pm, participate in a music experience with Yaw Agyeman, “Sunday Service—Work on the Sabbath” Black Cinema House (BCH) Tour the… Learn More

The Long White Cloud

Black Cinema House is proud to present internationally acclaimed American artist and father William Pope.L’s newest film “The Long White Cloud” (2014, High Definition Video, 37 minutes). ‘The Long White Cloud’ was commissioned by Te Tuhi Exhibition Space as a three-part project and was rehearsed, staged, filmed and installed in Auckland, New Zealand in the… Learn More

Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee’s powerful, gritty film set in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant community, reawakened the discussion of race in mainstream American cinema and opened the doors for many future black filmmakers. The movie follows the residents of the neighborhood on the hottest day of the year, as tensions rise around a white-owned pizza parlor, eventually leading to… Learn More

Tongues Untied and Looking for Langston

Tongues Untied Marlon Riggs’ essay film Tongues Untied gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced… Learn More

Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line

Barrie Gavin’s compelling documentary portrait of Chi-chi Nwanoku, a world-renowned virtuoso of one of the most challenging musical instruments, the double bass. The effervescent and indomitable Chi-chi recounts the hurdles she faced growing up as a mixed-race child and scaling the musical establishment in Britain, interspersed with luscious performances of Haydn, Berlioz, Elgar, Dvorak, and… Learn More

Daughters of the Dust

A film of spellbinding visual beauty and brilliant resonant performances, Julie Dash’s Daughters Of The Dust has become a landmark of independent film. With great lyricism, Daughters tells the story of a large African-American family as it prepares to move North at the dawn of the 20th Century. Using this simple tale, the film brings… Learn More

When Harold Washington Beat the Machine

Please note: this is a rescheduling of the program originally titled “Remembering Harold Washington” that was intended to be held on February 1st, but was postponed due to inclement weather. In partnership with South Side Projections, we’re proud to present a screening of films about Mayor Harold Washington. Following the film will be a wide-ranging… Learn More

Memories of Underdevelopment

Havana, 1961. At the airport, refugees go through the necessary formalities before leaving for the United States. Sergio, a prosperous landlord and self-styled writer, is seeing off his wife and parents, having himself elected to stay and try to come to terms with the new society. His last remaining friend, Pablo, has also decided to… Learn More

Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Filled with a mix of comedy and drama, the film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is based on the immensely popular play of the same name written by Tyler Perry. The story focuses on Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise), who has seemingly had the perfect life with husband Charles McCarter (Steve Harris). Over the years,… Learn More

Precious

Lee Daniels’s Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant… Learn More

Nacelle

Marco G. Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, will unveil Nacelle, his new video art exhibition, at Blanc Gallery this Saturday. The word “nacelle” means the streamlined car of an aircraft—from the Latin navicella, meaning “a little ship.” In the film Nacelle, Ferrari traces an idea in formation and the complexities that arise… Learn More

Get Your Life (Session 2)

This free workshop series presented by BlackGirlInOm is for anyone who agrees it’s time to “get your life.” Together, we’ll each set a 10-year vision and the goals to support that vision. As a community, we’ll nurture each other’s visions and grow toward brighter, more meaningful futures. BlackGirlInOm promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for… Learn More

Space is the Place & The Last Angel of History

Space Is the Place Science fiction, blaxploitation, cosmic free-jazz and radical race politics combine when Sun Ra returns to earth in his music-powered space ship to battle for the future of the black race and offer an ‘alter-destiny’ to those who would join him. Intentionally created as an homage to the low-budget science fiction films… Learn More

Get Your Life (Session 3)

This free workshop series presented by BlackGirlInOm is for anyone who agrees it’s time to “get your life.” Together, we’ll each set a 10-year vision and the goals to support that vision. As a community, we’ll nurture each other’s visions and grow toward brighter, more meaningful futures. BlackGirlInOm promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for… Learn More

Brothers Hypnotic

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz (with the “cosmic philosopher” of jazz, Sun Ra), proto-funk, and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s ultimate avant-garde work, however, may have been his… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath

Yaw Agyeman’s residency with Rebuild Foundation continues. During Yaw’s time with Rebuild, he activated the Listening House and Dr. Wax record collections by reflecting on his musical journey. Yaw describes his research as an attempt to locate his “musical self by listening to my father’s records.” Yaw thinks about the act of listening as a… Learn More

The Divine Feminine

Yemoja. Isis. Gaia. Virgen de Guadalupe. The supreme deity that is primordial, primal, and fosters rebirth despite our denial of her existence. Curated by artist Rashayla Marie Brown, The Divine Feminine will elevate the video and performance-based works of emerging artists that explore the feminine body of color as a site of potential liberation and… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath

Yaw Agyeman’s residency with Rebuild Foundation continues. During Yaw’s time with Rebuild, he activated the Listening House and Dr. Wax record collections by reflecting on his musical journey. Yaw describes his research as an attempt to locate his “musical self by listening to my father’s records.” Yaw thinks about the act of listening as a… Learn More

Lost Boundaries

Scott Carter (Mel Ferrer) is an African-American doctor who is eager to serve his community by working at a black hospital. However, he encounters unexpected opposition when his light skin color results in him being mistaken for a white man. At the urging of his in-laws, Carter and his similarly pale wife, Marcia (Beatrice Pearson),… Learn More

Chi-Voices: A Poetic Film Series

Chi-Voices: A Poetic Film Series uses the stories of six spoken word artists to address youth violence in the Chicagoland area. The film’s goal is to discuss socioeconomic issues, gang violence, and the emotional distress negatively impacting different communities throughout the city. This program was made possible by sponsor and project manager BRIJ Fund, L3C,… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

No Way Out

The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it’s murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there… Learn More

Ganja & Hess

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

Nacelle and Resti by Marco G. Ferrari

Nacelle (2015,35 mins, HD video) Resti (2014,11 mins, HD video), with music composed by Fransisco Castillo Trigueros including a recorded performance by the ensemble Looptail Marco G. Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, will screen Nacelle, his newest film which is currently exhibited at Blanc Gallery through May 1st, and Resti, on display… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

MCA Screen: Creative Music Summit

Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Talk, 1–3 pm Flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, violinist/composer Renée Baker, media artist Ulysses Jenkins, film scholar Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, and film producer Don DiNicola discuss historical and current intersections of music, media, and social practice. Jenkins collaborated with Mitchell for her latest work for the Black… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

The Godfather of Disco + DJ Set by Lady D

As issues (and laws) of intolerance and homophobia continue to shadow our society, DJ Lady D and resident Black Cinema House Film Fellow Marco G. Ferrari will co-present Gene Graham’s film The Godfather of Disco. A film that celebrates the history and relevance of House Music as an art form that provides a platform for… Learn More

An Evening with Ulysses Jenkins

Ulysses Jenkins is a widely recognized video/performance artist and muralist, whose work has been shown nationally and internationally. Since his early work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, Jenkins has been creating powerful work that critiques mass media representation (particularly of African American men) while exploring historical and spiritual resistances to state power… Learn More

May Day

Closing night reception of Nacelle: a video art exhibition by Marco G. Ferrari at Blanc Gallery! Come celebrate the last night of Ferrari’s exhibit with video installations that will be running continuously throughout the evening. At 9pm there will be a Live Audiovisual Outdoor Projection Performance by Marco G. Ferrari & musician Frank Orrall (of… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

CFA Crashers: Lavon Nicole Pettis

This May Chicago Film Archives re-introduces their guest programmer series, CFA CRASHERS, at various locations around town. For the series CFA has invited some of their favorite locals into their vault to curate a film program all their own (absolutely no rules or strings attached). The general motivation behind the series remains the same: to… Learn More

Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100

Part 2/3 of the Yvonne Welbon series! Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Born July 23, 1899, Ruth Ellis was thought to be the oldest “out” African American lesbian. Her story offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our history as lived… Learn More

The Bridge: Sonic Communion Exploratory Tour

Live Soundtrack with Projections by Marco Ferrari & special musical guest Yaw Agyeman! The Bridge is a transatlantic network for jazz & creative music. The Bridge #1: Sonic Communion Exploratory tour is composed of Jean-Luc Cappozzo (trumpet, flugelhorn), Douglas R. Ewart (woodwinds), Joëlle Léandre & Bernard Santacruz (double bass), Michael Zerang (drums, percussion). For the… Learn More

An Evening with Yvonne Welbon

Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Black Cinema House is honored to have acclaimed filmmaker Yvonne Welbon present a retrospective of her films over the course of three evenings through June. In tonights program, Yvonne Welbon will screen films that she has directed and… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

SURFACES Workshops with Marco Ferrari

Marco Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, is a local filmmaker who believes that art can connect us and our environment. The culmination of his fellowship is SURFACES: a film project about the Greater Grand Crossing area made up of videos made in collaboration with residents. He will project this film onto the… Learn More

Urban Renewal and its Aftermath

Presented by Judy Hoffman (University of Chicago) and Ronit Bezalel (filmmaker). Part of the South Side Projections series “The Streets and the Classroom: Educational and Industrial Films in an Era of Massive Social Change.” Postwar urban renewal programs redesigned the urban landscape, ostensibly to solve problems of overcrowding and decay in inner cities. Often this… Learn More

Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film

In partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center, Black Cinema House is proud to present Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film, a three-part film series that complements the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and explores how the formal and thematic concerns of filmmakers from the 1920s-1940s; including uses of… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath: Community Circle

How do we build bridges across communities? How do we come together to create peace?How do we build bridges across communities? How do we come together to create peace? Join us for our monthly Sunday service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist in residence, Yaw Agyeman, and his musical accompaniment. Work on the… Learn More

Family Band Concert

Join Family Band, performing as the Wandering Stars, for their spring performance! This performance is the culmination of a ten-week music course offered to Dorchester neighbors through Rebuild’s partnership with Intonation Music Workshop during which bands from around the city will come together for a day of musical entertainment. Family Band is a multi-generational ensemble… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

The New Black

Producer Yvonne Welbon in person! Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago (CSRPC). The New Black is an award-winning documentary directed by Yoruba Richen that captures the complex intersection between faith, racial justice and LGBT rights. With a focus on the campaigns for and against… Learn More

Summer Outfoor Screening with CFA: ALberta Hunter Blues at the Cookery

This summer Black Cinema House is pleased to continue the tradition of collaborating with Chicago Film Archives for an outdoor film series in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. On Friday June 12th, Friday July 10th, and Friday August 14th we will be presenting outdoor film programs on the corner of S. Kimbark and E. 72nd… Learn More

Family Band Community Day

Join our Family Band for a special community celebration featuring a live performance, snacks, and a chance to try out the instruments. Family band is a multi-generational ensemble comprised of beginner to intermediate level musicians who work to expand their musical knowledge and experience through the communal efforts of mastering several songs. Free registration and… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

Work on the Sabath: Soul Healing Yoga

Join us for our monthly Sunday service – Work on the Sabbath. For this installment, Yaw Agyeman and Stacy Patrice will collaborate to create a centering experience embraced in sound. Enjoy the meditative music of Yaw Agyeman and his instrumental accompaniment – Khari Lemuel, Charlie Coffee, and Mister JayToo, while healing the soul through yoga…. Learn More

Let’s Grow

Join your fellow neighbors in the Dorchester Community Garden every Saturday! The seeds have been planted, but much work needs to be done. Tasks at hand: Pea Trellises. Using some twine and the sunflower stalks from last year, we need to build about 5 teepees to allow the peas to grow up them. Other trellises… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

Summer Dance Workshop

Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm In partnership with the Joffrey Ballet Community Engagement Department, Rebuild Foundation is proud to present the Joffrey’s 20 for 20! program. Starting Monday, June 22, Joffrey will host a FREE five-day workshop to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation through dance. Students… Learn More

Joffrey’s June Bugs

Please join us for an end of June dance performance! This performance will be the conclusion of our one-week partnership with the Joffrey Ballet’s 20 for 20! program. Students have worked hard over this week to quickly learn four different dances – ballet, salsa, hip-hop, and African – in order to put on a special… Learn More

Chronicles of the Summer

Chronicles of the Summer (2015 work in progress, 30 mins, DVD) is an observational documentary that follows three girls during the course of the summer, as they learn lessons that may shape them forever. Although the girls are in elementary school, the effects of the summer can be life long. The first installment of Childhood… Learn More

Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film (Part 2)

In partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center, Black Cinema House is proud to present “Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film,” a three-part film series curated by Dr. Romi Crawford (Black Cinema House advisory committee member) that complements the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and explores how the formal… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Community Cataloging Workshop

Join us in cataloguing and transporting one of Rebuild’s historic collections. We are building a new permanent home for the Johnson Publishing Company’s library, and we need your help. Join us for this four-week workshop, where you will learn basic cataloging methods, get involved in your neighborhood, and help preserve an important part of your… Learn More

Changing Face of Harlem

Changing Face of Harlem is a one hour documentary that examines and challenges the benefits of the ‘revitalization’ of a community. The unique nature of the culture and history of the community of Harlem, U.S.A is examined from an ‘insider’s perspective’ through the personal reflections of residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy members who… Learn More

Summer Screening with CFA (Part 2)

Chicago Film Archives and the Black Cinema House are pleased to present NO MAPS ON MY TAPS on Friday, July 10th at 7200 South Kimbark. With musical direction by Lionel Hampton, this spirited 1978 film offers up an indigenous American dance form (and its history) by showcasing the footwork of Sandman Sims, Chuck Green and… Learn More

Black Owned

*Black Owned *is produced by youth at Chatham Academy High School in collaboration with After School Matters, Alternative Schools Network and Community TV Network. Other videos were produced by youth in Community TV Network’s youth digital media training programs. Black Owned highlights Chicago South side black owned small businesses. This video was produced by high… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Join us for a performance by University of Chicago artist-in-residence Steve Coleman and members of the Five Elements Band. Mentored by Chicago jazz greats, Steve Coleman has been recognized for his technical virtuosity and engagement with diverse musical traditions.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements Open Rehearsal

Join us Sunday afternoon as University of Chicago artist-in-residence Steve Coleman and members of the Five Elements Band host an open rehearsal at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative. Enjoy the music and learn more about summer programs at the DA+HC.

Library Raising

Putting a twist on the traditional barn raising, Rebuild is hosting a “Library Raising,” to help prepare the Johnson Publishing Archive for installation at the Stony Island Arts Bank. The event is the culmination of our monthlong Community Cataloguing Workshop. Join us for the afternoon to learn about this unique and important archive and be… Learn More

The Curators of Dixon School

The Curators of Dixon School is a feature-length documentary that shows the power of art in a public school and the school’s predominantly African-American community. Public schools donʼt have to be a minefield of metal detectors, minimal expectations and mind-numbing routine. An alternative exists in Chicago at Dixon Elementary Public School, where enlightened educators have… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Day of Service: Dorchester Community Garden

Join Rebuild Foundation, our neighbors, and South Shore Fine Arts Academy for WBEZ and Chicago Cares’ Day of Service in the Dorchester Community Garden. All ages of green and black thumbs can help build an irrigation system for 17 of the 19 garden beds, make decorations to brighten up the fence, and paint ready for… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Films & Discussion with Portuguese Artist Carlos Bunga

As part of his month-long residency at the Stony Island Arts Bank in conjunction with the Chicago Architectural Biennial, painter and installation artist Carlos Bunga will screen and discuss a selection of films that have informed and inspired his work. Bunga is well known for his large-scale installations made of common, unassuming materials, built with… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Chicago Film Archives Summer Screenings

Chicago Film Archives and the Black Cinema House join forces again to bring family friendly film screenings to Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. The final night of the series will focus on the oral tradition of “spinning the yarn” – the passing on of life stories from one person to the next. Our evening will be… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Carlos Bunga: Methods & Materials Workshop

Black Cinema House Film Workshops are led by video artist Marco G. Ferrari. In this iteration he connects with Carlos Bunga just before he begins his installation project at the Stony Island Arts Bank, to explore how Bunga’s interdisciplinary practice, which sits at the intersection of architecture and sculpture, can connect to the filmmaking process… Learn More

Hauntologies: Present/Past Continuum: A Screening of Short Films

Join us for a screening and discussion featuring some of the most dynamic and accomplished experimental filmmakers working today. Inspired by John Akomfrah’s idea of Hauntologies, “the way in which the past haunts the present,” this program features short films that explore the overlapping temporalities of Black life, a “spectrality” of memory and speculation that… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Rebuild Monthly Public Tour

Rebuild Foundation’s spaces, including the Listening House, Black Cinema House, and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, are freely open to the public during our screenings and events, as well as by appointment. In addition, Rebuild currently hosts public tours on the last Saturday of every month. Tour space is limited and subject to change based… Learn More

Kinosonik #3 Industry, Design & Experimentation

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings will perform their work at… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath

Yaw Agyeman’s residency with Rebuild Foundation continues. During Yaw’s time with Rebuild, he activated the Listening House and Dr. Wax record collections by reflecting on his musical journey. Yaw describes his research as an attempt to locate his “musical self by listening to my father’s records.” Yaw thinks about the act of listening as a… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Back to School Franken Toy Drive

Give your old and broken toys a new lease on life! The FrankenToyMobile is a pedal-powered maker space that encourages imagination and curiosity by providing free public workshops where youth and adults reuse toys as raw material for original creations. By giving youth, in particular, an opportunity to modify “junk” toys into objects that they… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Méthode Room: Opening with Xavier Wrona

Join us for the opening of Georges Bataille, Architecture, Chicago and World Order – An Essay on General Economy, an exhibition and television show intended to explore architecture’s potential to resist the current world order and suggest a new one. The exhibition is curated by Xavier Wrona and is the inaugural exhibition for the Méthode… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Méthode Room: Open House

Interested in architecture, social justice, and community? Mèthode Room architect-in-residence Xavier Wrona invites neighbors and tourists alike to “move away from this theoretical edifice…to get back into a less rhetorical, closer contact to reality…to be able to engage, discuss, debate.” All are welcome, no RSVP necessary.

Work on the Sabbath

Join us for our monthly Sunday Service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence, Yaw Agyeman, and his musical accompaniment. Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing. Through these collaborative moments, “a new kind of music will be birthed—one where… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

In Search of the Black Knight

In Search of the Black Knight is a humorous and thought-provoking documentary on a topic that is often on the tongues of professional black women: the shortage of eligible black men. There are many theories on why this problem exists: education, prison and the “down low” to name a few. Follow film director Tamarat Makonnen… Learn More

Kinosonik 2015 #2

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings will perform their work at… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Please join Rebuild Foundation every Sunday for a FREE session of yoga with Soul Healing Yoga™ founder, Stacy Patrice. Patrice’s intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions blend an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind-body-soul experience for… Learn More

Haji Yoga Wellness Thursdays

Join Rebuild Foundation every Thursday evening for a free session of yoga with practitioner-in-residence, Aya-Nikole Cook. For the past five years, Aya has taught practitioners at all levels in both Chicago and Oakland, and will continue her practice on the South Side of Chicago until this November. Students are inspired to reach beyond their own… Learn More

Haji Yoga Wellness Thursdays

Join Rebuild Foundation every Thursday evening for a free session of yoga with practitioner-in-residence, Aya-Nikole Cook. For the past five years, Aya has taught practitioners at all levels in both Chicago and Oakland, and will continue her practice on the South Side of Chicago until this November. Students are inspired to reach beyond their own… Learn More

Dream State: an improvised audiovisual performance

The Turbine Tour/The Bridge, a transatlantic network for jazz & creative music, collaborates with John Nelson (percussion), Marco G. Ferrari (video) and George Schaefer (16mm film) to create a unique audiovisual experience. A live improvised soundtrack will be performed to a live video & film mixing performance of original experimental videos, home movies and found… Learn More

Haji Yoga Wellness Thursdays

Join Rebuild Foundation every Thursday evening for a free session of yoga with practitioner-in-residence, Aya-Nikole Cook. For the past five years, Aya has taught practitioners at all levels in both Chicago and Oakland, and will continue her practice on the South Side of Chicago until this November. Students are inspired to reach beyond their own… Learn More

Chi-Town Multicultural Film Fest

The 2nd Annual Chi-Town Multicultural Film Festival (CMFF), in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents an opportunity to mix and mingle with local filmmakers and to honor film community pacesetters. This year, CMFF will screen film projects from Olayinka Hassan, El Porter, Mary Horan, Jessica Estelle Huggins and Allen Nettles, and will present the “Out… Learn More

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour Chicago’s newest venue for contemporary art. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell in 1923, the Stony Island Arts Bank has recently undergone a radical restoration led by Rebuild Foundation’s artistic director Theaster Gates. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the tour will include viewings of two Biennial commissions: an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos… Learn More

Artist Talk: Ekene Ijeoma

Join Rebuild Foundation for a discussion with Ekene Ijeoma, an interaction designer, developer and researcher based in NYC. Ijeoma’s work explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data and algorithms. He has worked in multiple mediums and formats ranging from commercials and music videos to websites and installations. His most recent projects, Wage Islands and… Learn More

Family Band

Join our Family Band for the fall session. Family band is a multi-generational ensemble comprised of beginner to intermediate level aspiring musicians who work to expand their musical knowledge and experience through the communal efforts of mastering several songs. Family, friends, and neighbors — don’t miss this hands-on, all-ages musical experience!

Girlhood

A hit at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, Girlhood is a tough yet poignant coming of age tale about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl discovering her sense of worth in an unforgiving concrete environment. Set in the outskirts of Paris, the film tells a visually dazzling and powerful story about Marienne,… Learn More

BCH@BING: Kevin Jerome Everson

Drop by BING Art Books to see three films by Kevin Jerome Everson that examine people, cars and communities in transition – Fifeville (2005, with Dr. Corey D.B. Walker), Company Line (2009), Regal Unlimited (2015) – as Black Cinema House kicks off a monthly series at this new space featuring moving image artists from the… Learn More

Glass Lantern Slide Lectures

Historians, architects, and artists will explore and activate Rebuild Foundation’s glass lantern slide collection. The Stony Island Arts Bank is home to more than 60,000 glass lantern slides acquired from the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. They cover art and architectural history from the Paleolithic period to the Modern era, and… Learn More

Frankie Knuckles: Architect of Dance Space

Join us, in partnership with the Frankie Knuckles Foundation, for a discussion exploring the beginnings of house music and its move from private to public space with Neil Stevenson, Laura Branch, Craig Loftis, Robert Williams, and Alan King. Frankie Knuckles was globally known as an architect of house music. Through movement and placemaking, Knuckles created… Learn More

Architecture and Black Cinema Series: Suite Habana

In honor of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Black Cinema House presents a monthly series at the Stony Island Arts Bank that explores the many roles architecture plays across the African Diaspora. This month, we explore the theme “Everyday Design” with the Cuban film Suite Habana, followed by a conversation with Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Assistant Professor… Learn More

Community Cataloging at the Arts Bank

As the new home to important collections of art and architectural history, black material culture, and house music, the Stony Island Arts Bank seeks to be a laboratory for new ideas about archival practice, material culture, and contemporary art. If you are interested in any of the above, join us for a weekly session of… Learn More

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket with director Karen Thorsen and E. Patrick Johnson

As part of a nationwide celebration of what would have been James Baldwin’s 90th birthday, award-winning director Karen Thorsen presents her documentary classic James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, followed by a “Conversation with Jimmy” featuring scholar, author and performer E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern, Performance Studies and African American Studies) about Baldwin’s life, legacy… Learn More

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic style of drumming that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery constructs a stage play complete with props, objects, and dialogue – moving from object to object, instrument to instrument.

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.

Soheila Azadi Installation Opening

Join Rebuild Foundation for the opening of an installation by Sohelia Azadi, an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago and Iran. Azadi’s work explores human interactions within the social sphere. In this work, titled Knife, Azadi blurs the line between genders and visually critiques the binary social constructs that exist in our society.

House Tea

Please join us at the Stony Island Arts Bank for House Tea, a spin on the traditional tea ceremony. Rebuild’s ceremony includes home-brewed teas accompanied by audio selections inspired by the Frankie Knuckles Collection vinyl catalogue. House Tea is free and open to the public.

Cleveland vs. Wall Street

In January, 2008, lawyers for the City of Cleveland filed a lawsuit against 21 banks, which they held responsible for the wave of foreclosures that left their city in ruins. Since then, the bankers on Wall Street have been fighting with all available means to avoid going to court.

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic style of drumming that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery constructs a stage play complete with props, objects, and dialogue – moving from object to object, instrument to instrument.

House Tea

Please join us at the Stony Island Arts Bank for House Tea, a spin on the traditional tea ceremony. Rebuild’s ceremony includes home-brewed teas accompanied by audio selections inspired by the Frankie Knuckles Collection vinyl catalogue. House Tea is free and open to the public.

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.

Rebuild Talk: James Hoff

In conjunction with Lampo, an experimental sound program presented by artist James Hoff, Hoff will will discuss the history of artists’ books and Primary Information, the organization he co-founded to publish books and writings by artists.

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.

South Side Connections

South Side Connections is an afternoon of historical investigation co-presented by four long-standing South Side arts organizations: the Renaissance Society, the Hyde Park Art Center, the South Side Community Art Center, and the Smart Museum.

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.

Architecture and Black Cinema Series: 70 Acres in Chicago

The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit and bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income” development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Ronit Bezalel, who first covered the subject in her celebrated 1999 short Voices of Cabrini, spent 15 years on this eye-opening follow-up, which uses personal stories, expert commentary, and informative history to celebrate the spirit of a unique community and to mourn its betrayal and destruction.”

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.

Self + Otherness Film Workshop

Led by artist and filmmaker Marco G. Ferrari, Self & Otherness is a series of free studio based film and video workshops that focuses on the production of moving image based work, exploring how time and space are used as materials to create form and inspire content in 16mm film, digital video and photography.

Community Cataloging at the Arts Bank

During the Chicago Architecture Biennial, catalogers will help to sort and organize the architecture-related holdings of Rebuild Foundation’s 35mm slide collection acquired from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, while discussing best practices for archive preservation, conservation, and activation with Rebuild staff, Arts Bank artists and archivists-in-residence.

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic style of drumming that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery constructs a stage play complete with props, objects, and dialogue – moving from object to object, instrument to instrument.

House Tea

Please join us at the Stony Island Arts Bank for House Tea, a spin on the traditional tea ceremony. Rebuild’s ceremony includes home-brewed teas accompanied by audio selections inspired by the Frankie Knuckles Collection vinyl catalogue. House Tea is free and open to the public.

Self + Otherness Film Workshop

Led by artist and filmmaker Marco G. Ferrari, Self & Otherness is a series of free studio based film and video workshops that focuses on the production of moving image based work, exploring how time and space are used as materials to create form and inspire content in 16mm film, digital video and photography.

Drop In Film Screening

Ranging from hyper-local documentaries to hypnotic experimental films, from intimate home movies to timeless African films, from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood, the Black Cinema House Film Archive houses exciting media work by and about people from throughout the African diaspora.