Arts Bank Cinema: Ganja & Hess (R)

Written and directed by Bill Gunn, the cult classic, Ganja & Hess is a legendary meditation on Blackness, addiction, and cultural extinction, told through the genre of experimental horror. Ganja & Hess speaks to the Blaxploitation era of the early 1970s without falling into all of the conventional traps. The film trails the life of anthropologist… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema: Crooklyn (PG-13)

In the 1970s, there were not many Black cinematic works that authentically illustrated the lives of Black women (aside from Ossie Davis’ Black Girl (1972) and the contentious Claudine (1974). Two decades later, Spike Lee revealed the semi-autobiographical CROOKLYN, a vibrant portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids… Learn More

Celebrating Southside Stories

Join this celebration of the historic and ongoing role that art and design played in growing communities and strengthening neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. The Arts Bank will feature a day of performances and participatory programming exploring the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company and the effect its perspective of the black experience had on our… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema Presents: ABC Mixtape: Vol. 1

For the sixth installment of Mixtape, Arts Bank Cinema will be broadcasting select shorts inspired by John H. Johnson and Johnson Publishing Co., including The Secret of Selling the Negro Market (1954), David Hartt’s Stray Light (2013) and much more treasurable footage. When John H. Johnson opened the doors to the Johnson Publishing Co. headquarters… Learn More

Blackness and the Media, Past to Present

Join artists Martine Syms, Devin Mays and special guests for an evening of conversation and multimedia performance interrogating and celebrating depictions of Black identity in advertising from the founding of Johnson Publishing Company to the present day. Drinks will be served in our fabulous Johnson Lounge. This is a free event.    

Arts Bank Cinema: Mahogany (PG)

Few Celebrities have covered JPC’s Ebony Magazine and Jet Magazine as frequently and fashionably as the iconic, Diana Ross. For this installment of Arts Bank Cinema, we will be screening, Mahogany. In this 1975 romantic drama, Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, a struggling fashion design student that enters a new world of fashion. Following the… Learn More

Madd Crates: Bring Your Own Vinyl

In celebration of the closing of A Johnson Publishing Story, we are inviting people to come out to the Johnson Lounge and bring their own records to spin – 70s soul, R&B and obscure jams of the era are encouraged. This is a free event. A RSVP is not required!