The Jiā 家 Project: South Side :: Family Portraits by Nancy Wong

Come have a FREE family portrait taken by Chicago photographer Nancy Wong (www.nancymwong.com). This photo project is in collaboration with Gorman House Publishing and the Rebuild Foundation. The Jiā Project celebrates families on the south side by visually documenting their beauty, diversity, and emotional strength. “Jiā” means “family” in Mandarin Chinese. To schedule a photo session, please email us… Learn More

The Artisan Entrepreneur

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JUNE 3 at 6PM. How does an artist build a profitable practice while maintaining creative capacity? The Artisan Entrepreneur is a free ten-week workshop for Chicago South Side and surrounding area entrepreneurs working in the in the arts, crafts, and creative fields. In collaboration with the Urban Business School and JPMorgan Chase… Learn More

A Johnson Publishing Story: Opening

Founded in 1942 by publisher and art collector John H. Johnson, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) rose to prominence due to the widespread popularity of its magazines, including Ebony and Jet. Through books, periodicals, ephemera, paintings, sculptures, and custom-designed office furnishings from the JPC archives and collections held by the Rebuild Foundation, this exhibition explores the enduring role… Learn More

The Great Black Music Ensemble led by Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special performance in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, featuring guest jazz guitarist George Freemen. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s… Learn More

The Great Black Music Ensemble led by Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special performance in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, featuring guest jazz guitarist George Freemen. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s… Learn More

Jet Teen Article Club

The Arts Bank presents its first ever teen article club! Middle School and high school aged youth join us for an in-depth discussion and activities surrounding the historic Jet magazine. On August 12, the discussion will be centered on the first Jet magazine, published on Nov. 1, 1951. All articles are accessible on Google Books,… Learn More

The Jiā 家 Project: South Side – Family Portraits by Nancy Wong

Come have a FREE family portrait taken by Chicago photographer Nancy Wong (www.nancymwong.com). This photo project is in collaboration with Gorman House Publishing and the Rebuild Foundation. The Jiā Project celebrates families on the south side by visually documenting their beauty, diversity, and emotional strength. “Jiā” means “family” in Mandarin Chinese. To schedule a photo session, please email us… Learn More

D-Composed Family Edition

The intimate chamber music experience D-Composed presents the first ever D-Composed Family Edition. At this intimate concert experience, attendees will hear specially hand-picked arrangements suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Each song is bite-sized and lasts no more than 5 minutes. And of course, each work pays homage to black composers. Following the show,… Learn More

Jet Teen Article Club

The Arts Bank presents its first ever teen article club! Middle School and high school aged youth join us for an in-depth discussion and activities surrounding the historic Jet magazine. On August 26, the discussion will be centered on the July 23, 2001 edition. All articles are accessible on Google Books, we encourage attendees to… Learn More

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…. Learn More

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.    

A Celebration: The Ebony Fashion Fair

Join us for a celebration of Ebony Fashion Fair at the Stony Island Arts Bank on Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. We’ll exhibit gowns and posters from the annual fashion event launched in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and demo the iconic cosmetics line that the show inspired.  Following the… Learn More

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!

Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation (w/ Performance by Bata ECA)

A Tricontinental ‘66 And Other Acts of Liberation is a multi-disciplinary instigation produced by HotHouse with the support of the Rebuild Foundation, Chicago Filmmakers and CASA O.S.P.A.A.A.L. (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina). The program and exhibition create a provocation examining acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s through… Learn More

Sambizanga (NR)

Filmed in the Angola of 1961, Sambizanga is Sarah Maldoror’s first film, co-written by her husband, a leader in the Angolan resistance. The story focuses of a happy young African couple; one day the husband is arrested for political reasons and interrogated in the dreaded Luanda prison (with Introductory remarks by Arif Smith). Arif Smith… Learn More

Discussion with Anne Galand Mahler and Stan West

In From the Tricontinental to the Global South Anne Garland Mahler traces the history and intellectual legacy of the understudied global justice movement called the Tricontinental—an alliance of liberation struggles from eighty-two countries, founded in Havana in 1966. Focusing on racial violence and inequality, the Tricontinental’s critique of global capitalist exploitation has influenced historical radical… Learn More

Ernest Dawkins AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special multi-continental performance featuring a special Cuban musical guest. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An intergenerational… Learn More

Pan-African Festival of Algiers (NR)

This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Pan-African Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and… Learn More

AfroRhythmic

Come to the Stony Island Arts Bank and enjoy a vibrant afrobeat set exploring the sounds of the legendary, Fela Kuti by DJ Duane Powell. Grab drinks at the bar and groove to the beats. RSVP recommended!!!

Ayana Contreras: Sounds of the Tricontinental

Ayana Contreras is a producer with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. She is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records, and shares her knowledge as host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo. Ayana periodically joins WBEZ’s Morning Shift, as well. Previously, Ayana was Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, which was broadcast from… Learn More

Mama Africa (NR)

Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa. (This film is apart of the TRICONTINENTAL ’66 and OTHER… Learn More

Battle of Algiers (NR)

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers… Learn More

Iré Elese Abure

Iré Elese Abure is a performance ensemble steeped in the dance, song, and drumming traditions of Afro-Cuban folklore. The name, Iré Elese Abure, comes from the Yoruba culture that took root throughout the Americas, meaning “goodness from the hands of our brothers and sisters” (FREE ADMISSION). Through stage performance, the group strives to share various… Learn More

‘ICONIC: Black Panther’ Opening Reception

Following groundbreaking exhibitions at American Steel Studios in Oakland and Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles, SEPIA collective is thrilled to announce the third exhibition of ICONIC: Black Panther, at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL, curated by Rootwork Gallery founder Tracie D. Hall. In recognition of one of the most influential political movements… Learn More

Sign & Spin Social Gathering

In cohesion with the ICONIC: Black Panther exhibition, SEPIA Collective and Rebuild Foundation presents a ‘Sign & Spin Social Gathering’. Come to the Stony Island Arts Bank for a meet and greet with Black Panthers while DJ Duane Powell spins an afro-rhythmic set. Purchase original artwork and posters that you can get signed and photographed… Learn More

Her Words: Black Women Panther Panel

While the imagery of uniformed militant Black men armed with panther power against the oppressor has always been synonymous with the name and legacy, it was the Black Panther Party’s women members who upheld and (in the 70s) made up the majority of the movement. Following a special screening of ‘Free Angela and All Political… Learn More

Panther (R)

Directed by Mario Van Peebles (son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles) and based on the novel by his father, Panther is the first narrative feature film to depict the Black Panther Party. In Panther, Peebles illustrates the rise and fall of the 1960’s black radical movement through the lens of Vietnam vet Judge… Learn More

Wattstax (R)

The Watts Riots of 1965 were the City of Los Angeles most crucial unrest until the Rodney King riots of 1992. To commemorate the seventh anniversary of the riots held in 1965, a benefit concert that took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was held featuring artists like Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Emotion,… Learn More

The Bridge #15

The new sound of the early 20th century, which was to be identified as ‘jazz’, was immediately new and popular, a product of its time linked to that era’s transformations: a fortunate collision of cultures, at the time of the second industrial revolution, the development of mass transportation, the democratization of artistic and instrumental practices…… Learn More

Black [POWER] Friday!

Do you know the history of Black Friday? Do you want an alternative to celebrating the capitalistic holiday that gives to corporations that doesn’t give back to us? Arts Bank Cinema will be screening The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (2011), John Singleton’s Higher Learning (1995), Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992) and other footage about the… Learn More

American Revolution II

American Revolution II begins by documenting the explosive confrontations between the Chicago police and protestors during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The filmmakers then move from these clashes to a nuanced, compelling, and very timely examination of the unlikely relationship that was developing between the Black Power movement in Chicago and the Young Patriots—a group… Learn More

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble: Kwanzaa Edition

As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An intergenerational ensemble ranging in size from three to thirty pieces, Great Black Music Ensemble performs historical repertoire from the great pool of… Learn More

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Additional screening times added: Friday, Dec. 7: 2:00PM, 5:00PM Saturday, Dec 8: 1:00PM, 4:00PM The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a… Learn More

Writers Workshop Author Showcase

Writers Workshop is an ecletic community of writers, poets, lyricists, playrights, photographers, artists and musicians. We gather on Fridays from 3-6 at the Stony Island Arts Bank for the company of like-minded souls. We seek and give encouragement and criticism and share our journeys. The Authors Showcase is our yearly event which highlights the year’s… Learn More

#FramingSouthShore Fall Showcase

In partnership with the Community TV Network, the Stony Island Arts Bank is honored to present the #FramingSouthShore Fall Showcase. This screening will exclusively feature the short film works created by students in the #FramingSouthShore Media Program at South Shore International College Prep. Students have created short documentaries, exploring themes of: • Positive Body Image… Learn More

Night Catches Us (R)

Few Black Panther Party theatrical releases are written and directed by Black women. Night Catches Us (2010) is one of the few exceptions. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, Night Catches Us stars Kerry Washington as a widow of a slain Black Panther Party member and Anthony Mackie as a former Black Panther Party member… Learn More

ICONIC: Curator Tour & Artist Talk

See ICONIC: Black Panther Chicago exhibition with its curator, Tracie D. Hall as she focuses on why particular artworks and elements were selected to honor the legacy of the prolific activist organization and hear from a panel of artists who contributed to this groundbreaking show.

BRAVEMONK’s Community Jam

Rebuild Foundation’s dancer in residence, BRAVEMONK, is hosting this special dance party and competition where dancers test their skills in head-to-head freestyle battles. Some of the top dancers from around the city will converge at the Arts Bank to share, express and connect.

The Preacher’s Wife (PG)

In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help – and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley (played by Denzel Washington). This holiday family comedy classic features an ensemble cast including Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Loretta Devine and Justin Pierre Edmund. Come out and enjoy a warm holiday feature film… Learn More