House in the Afternoon: Films

In conjunction with the Frankie Knuckles Shrine created by Theaster Gates in tribute to the legendary godfather of House, Black Cinema House presents selected excerpts of films and home movies collected by our partners in the Gallery of the Stony Island Arts Bank: Chicago Film Archives • Excerpts from the Don McIlvaine Collection Chicago artist…

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House in the Afternoon

Lounge at the Stony Island Arts Bank and enjoy hand crafted tea from Currency Exchange Cafe, self guided watercolor and drawing workshops, a taste of our Black Cinema House collection and the sound of Chicago-style House Music emanating from the Frankie Knuckles Shrine created by artist and Founder of Rebuild Foundation, Theaster Gates as we…

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Material Gestures

Material Gestures is an exhibition of multimedia assemblage works by Sheree Hovsepian, macramé from the private collection of Lovie May Coats, slides from the University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slide Collection, and texts and periodicals from the Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections that trace the origin and movement of macramé from Egypt to Iran and the Southern Caucasus….

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Testify (for The Harlem Six)

Video installation in conjunction with Glenn Ligon’s A Small Band Presented by Black Cinema House at the Stony Island Arts Bank Here we screen works that reflect on the capacity of Black people to speak truth to power, to address systematic abuses to and through their bodies, and the bodies of others.  In 1964, Harlem…

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Glenn Ligon, A Small Band

The work, which is comprised of the three words, “blues, bruise, and blood”, written in lowercase in Ligon’s signature neons, is inspired by the testimony of Daniel Hamm. Hamm was part of the “Harlem Six,” a group of young black men wrongly accused and convicted of murder in the mid-1960s. Following his release from prison,…

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DATELINE: Bronzeville

In the first half of the 20th century, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood was known as the Black Metropolis, alive with vibrant Black culture and business that flourished during the Great Migration. Highlighting this historical moment, multimedia artist Philip Mallory Jones has developed a first person mystery video game, “DATELINE: Bronzeville,” set in 1940 based on oral…

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In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that was launched in 2011 at the Galway Arts Festival (IRL). The exterior is iconically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side. The interior acts much like…

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James Barnor, Ever Young

In partnership with Autograph ABP, Rebuild presents the American debut of this critically acclaimed retrospective solo exhibition by the celebrated African photographer James Barnor, showcasing a wide selection of street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography whose long career…

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FREE/PHASE

FREE/PHASE is a suite of sound-based artworks by New York-based artists and composers Mendi + Keith Obadike. The exhibition is divided into three parts. Each part of the exhibition responds to one way freedom songs have been used historically. The exhibition grew out of Mendi + Keith’s research on African-American freedom songs conducted at the…

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3 Generations: Pop-Up Exhibition of Recent Works from Rebuild’s Painting Fellows

For three months artists Kenrick McFarlane, Arthur Wright, and David Anthony Geary have participated in Rebuild’s One Canvas fellowship program. They have created three collaborative canvases inspired by painter Noah Davis’ 1975 Paintings. As the culmination of their project, and for one night only, see a pop-up exhibition of each painters’ recent work and join the conversation as they reflect on their experience as Rebuild’s inaugural painting fellows. The…

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Frida Escobedo, Material Resevoir

Parts, piled, piles, broken, pieces, stacks, clastic, stacked, identical, interchangeable—minimalist sculptor Carl Andre carefully selected these words as a preface to his own work, words that can also be used to describe Frida Escobedo’s Material Reservoir. The project creates a series of outdoor spaces to complement Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Art Bank.

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Sohelia Azadi, Knife

Sohelia Azadi is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago and Iran. Her work explores human interactions with the social sphere. In Knife, she blurs the line between genders and visually critiques the binary social constructs that exist in our society.

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Méthode Room: le peuple qui manque

Le Peuple Qui Manque is a Paris-based art curatorial platform created by Kantuta Quiros and Aliocha Imhoff. They join Rebuild Foundation in Chicago as part of Rebuild’s Méthode Room residency program.

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1975 Paintings

Inspired by snapshots that Noah Davis’ mother, Faith Childs-Davis, took while attending South Shore High School in Chicago and during the years following, the works included in 1975 Paintings capture scenes of the city’s South Side and Faith’s travels to California and abroad. Born in Seattle, Noah spent several years at Cooper Union before moving…

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Méthode Room: Xavier Wrona

Rebuild Foundation was pleased to welcome Xavier Wrona as an Architect-in-Residence as part of the Méthode Room residency program. Wrona’s project, the first in the Méthode Room series, featured the exhibition Georges Bataille, Architecture, Chicago and World Order – An Essay on General Economy at Rebuild’s Archive House and the launch of an architecture TV channel….

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