Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No RSVP necessary.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank.Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Drop In Screenings

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. Black Cinema House is proud to present… Learn More

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank.Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Community Cataloging

During the month of January, participants will help to catalog a portion of Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing Library acquired from the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony and Jet magazine. While discussing current practices for archive preservation and activation with Rebuild staff and artists, we will collaboratively create a new resource for visitors to access this important collection.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank.Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Community Cataloging

During the month of January, participants will help to catalog a portion of Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing Library acquired from the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony and Jet magazine. While discussing current practices for archive preservation and activation with Rebuild staff and artists, we will collaboratively create a new resource for visitors to access this important collection.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank.Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Community Cataloging

During the month of January, participants will help to catalog a portion of Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing Library acquired from the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony and Jet magazine. While discussing current practices for archive preservation and activation with Rebuild staff and artists, we will collaboratively create a new resource for visitors to access this important collection.

Reading the Black Library

Selections from our collections are read aloud by invited artists, musicians, students, and community members. During the month of February, selections will be drawn from our new collection of books donated by the historic DuSable High School library. Special guests this month include a spoken word group from the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute and vocalist Kiara Lanier.

House Tea Ceremony

This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted and locally-brewed teas curated by Imani Bonne. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue will pulsate throughout the gallery.

Open Shelves: Glass Lantern Slides

Every Wednesday afternoon we open up one of the collections for an informal opportunity to learn more about our collections in a hands-on environment. March will feature the glass lantern slides–60,000 slides formally used to teach art history at the University of Chicago. Stop by and explore!

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer and Rebuild Foundation musician-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Community Cataloging

Volunteers assist in the ongoing cataloging of Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing Library acquired from the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony and Jet magazine. Together we will contribute to a new resource for visitors to access this important collection.

Stony Island Story Time

We are partnering with Leading with Literacy (LWL) for a weekly Story Time event for children and families. Join us Saturday afternoon in the Reading Room to hear selections from the Johnson Publishing Company Library and the Dusable High School Holdings.

Leading with Literacy is a community-based reading program started at Glorious Light Church by Pastor Michael Neal. LWL sends male readers throughout Chicago to serve as role models and encourage primary school students to explore their creative potential through literacy.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank, including access to the vault and Frankie Knuckles collection. Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Reading the Black Library: Baldwin and Bowers

Tony Bowers reads library selections and from his own book, On the Nine, inspired by his experience growing up near 79th St. For this series, invited artists, musicians, students, and community members are encouraged to read from our collections and explore connections with their own life and work. Bowers’ reading will include James Baldwin’s short story Sonny’s Blues. Followed by informal discussion.

Open Shelves: Glass Lantern Slides

Every Wednesday afternoon we open up one of the collections for an informal opportunity to learn more about our collections in a hands-on environment. March will feature the glass lantern slides–60,000 slides formally used to teach art history at the University of Chicago. Stop by and explore!

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer and Rebuild Foundation musician-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank, including access to the vault and Frankie Knuckles collection. Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Community Cataloging

Volunteers assist in the ongoing cataloging of Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing Library acquired from the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony and Jet magazine. Together we will contribute to a new resource for visitors to access this important collection.

Stony Island Story Time

We are partnering with Leading with Literacy (LWL) for a weekly Story Time event for children and families. Join us Saturday afternoon in the Reading Room to hear selections from the Johnson Publishing Company Library and the Dusable High School Holdings.

Leading with Literacy is a community-based reading program started at Glorious Light Church by Pastor Michael Neal. LWL sends male readers throughout Chicago to serve as role models and encourage primary school students to explore their creative potential through literacy.

Open Shelves: Glass Lantern Slides

Every Wednesday afternoon we open up one of the collections for an informal opportunity to learn more about our collections in a hands-on environment. March will feature the glass lantern slides–60,000 slides formally used to teach art history at the University of Chicago. Stop by and explore!

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer and Rebuild Foundation musician-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience.

Stony Island Story Time

We are partnering with Leading with Literacy (LWL) for a weekly Story Time event for children and families. Join us Saturday afternoon in the Reading Room to hear selections from the Johnson Publishing Company Library and the Dusable High School Holdings.

Leading with Literacy is a community-based reading program started at Glorious Light Church by Pastor Michael Neal. LWL sends male readers throughout Chicago to serve as role models and encourage primary school students to explore their creative potential through literacy.

Chicago Reading Africa

Rebuild is delighted to host Chicago Reading Africa’s members and friends. Chicago Reading Africa primarily operates as a book discussion group for African writing but also explores other narrative forms (film and other visual arts). This month the group will be discussing the novel Jim Crow’s Devil by Marlon James.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank, including access to the vault and Frankie Knuckles collection. Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Community Cataloging

Volunteers assist in the ongoing cataloging of Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing Library acquired from the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony and Jet magazine. Together we will contribute to a new resource for visitors to access this important collection.

Open Shelves: Glass Lantern Slides

Every Wednesday afternoon we open up one of the collections for an informal opportunity to learn more about our collections in a hands-on environment. March will feature the glass lantern slides–60,000 slides formally used to teach art history at the University of Chicago. Stop by and explore!

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

In Conversation: Painting Fellows

Join Rebuild Foundation painting fellows David, Kenrick and Arthur, as they discuss their individual creative practices and explore the themes of erasure, isolation and identity through the lens of oil painting. This month’s conversation will be lead by Fellowship artist David Anthony Geary.

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer and Rebuild Foundation musician-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience.

Stony Island Story Time

We are partnering with Leading with Literacy (LWL) for a weekly Story Time event for children and families. Join us Saturday afternoon in the Reading Room to hear selections from the Johnson Publishing Company Library and the Dusable High School Holdings.

Leading with Literacy is a community-based reading program started at Glorious Light Church by Pastor Michael Neal. LWL sends male readers throughout Chicago to serve as role models and encourage primary school students to explore their creative potential through literacy.

Unfurling Albums

Photographs are possibly the most common archive in every family’s home. As Rebuild collects photos for our South Side Family Album project, we will spend an afternoon sharing stories revealed by photographs in the collections and discussing various ways of documenting our personal histories on film. The DuSable High School yearbooks will also serve as a touchstone for this program. Bring a family album or old yearbook to share in conversation with other community members.

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Developing Visual Literacy

The 1975 Paintings tell their own story of community, love and family. Developing Visual Literacy, encourages audiences of all ages to think critically, expand their visual vocabulary, and develop the tools necessary to describe and interpret paintings. Led by local storytelling artist Oba Williams King

BCH@TheBank: Strandbeest Videos

In collaboration with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, BCH@theBank will be screening videos featured in the exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. In the first major American exhibition tour, Theo Jansen’s wholly distinctive kinetic creations blur the lines of art, engineering, science and performance. The exhibition at the Chicago Cultural… Learn More

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank, including access to the vault and Frankie Knuckles collection. Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

BCH@TheBank: Strandbeest Videos

In collaboration with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, BCH@theBank will be screening videos featured in the exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. In the first major American exhibition tour, Theo Jansen’s wholly distinctive kinetic creations blur the lines of art, engineering, science and performance. The exhibition at the Chicago Cultural… Learn More

Library Orientation

A twenty-minute orientation session designed to introduce visitors to Rebuild Foundation’s collections, including the Johnson Publishing Library and Glass Lantern Slides. Participants review care and handling guidelines and are granted reading room access to our public collections. No rsvp necessary.

Open Shelves: Glass Lantern Slides

Every Wednesday afternoon we open up one of the collections for an informal opportunity to learn more about our collections in a hands-on environment. March will feature the glass lantern slides–60,000 slides formally used to teach art history at the University of Chicago. Stop by and explore!

Mikel Patrick Avery: PLAY

Jazz drummer and Rebuild Foundation musician-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience.

BCH@TheBank: Strandbeest Videos

In collaboration with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, BCH@theBank will be screening videos featured in the exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. In the first major American exhibition tour, Theo Jansen’s wholly distinctive kinetic creations blur the lines of art, engineering, science and performance. The exhibition at the Chicago Cultural… Learn More

Community Cataloging: Family Albums

Special month-long Community Cataloging workshop to create a shared archive of the South Side Family Album being collected by Rebuild. Teaching artists and visiting archivists will lead Saturday morning workshops on the creation of personal photo albums and collecting oral hist

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a jazz drummer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music.

Community Cataloging: Family Albums

Special month-long Community Cataloging workshop to create a shared archive of the South Side Family Album being collected by Rebuild. Teaching artists and visiting archivists will lead Saturday morning workshops on the creation of personal photo albums and collecting oral histories.

Reading the Black Library: Wright and Lindsay

Chicago-based author Tony Lindsay reads selections from the Johnson Library and his next book Acorns in the Skillet: Stories of Race in America. For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members are encouraged to read from our collections and explore connections with their own life and work. Lindsay’s reading will include an excerpt from Richard Wright’s… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a jazz drummer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music.

Community Cataloging: Family Albums

Special month-long Community Cataloging workshop to create a shared archive of the South Side Family Album being collected by Rebuild. Teaching artists and visiting archivists will lead Saturday morning workshops on the creation of personal photo albums and collecting oral histories.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a jazz drummer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music.

Community Cataloging: Family Albums

Special month-long Community Cataloging workshop to create a shared archive of the South Side Family Album being collected by Rebuild. Teaching artists and visiting archivists will lead Saturday morning workshops on the creation of personal photo albums and collecting oral histories.