“I feel like it’s a part of a rite of passage. Jewish families have Bar Mitzvahs, Mexican families have Quinceñeras…its something for coming of age, a celebration of transitioning to the next level,” Fashion Designer Suzette Opara says.
“We want to open up the possibilities for what is vibrant and culturally diverse. We should have theater that exhibits that.”
“Playing that pretty music every night, it takes a lot of an old man,”
“Music, particularly the rap genre, is an effective method in instigating change because its message can serve as a vehicle to motivate and inspire conversation” Anthony “The Twilite Tone” Khan
“Street art and vibrant murals are the best way to reimagine or reactivate these spaces completely in terms of culture, history, and Mexican lore.”
It is no secret that Washington Park and Woodlawn have seen better days. Economic depression and consistently declining populations since the 1970s have led to collective downturn. Currently, the neighborhoods are caught in the crossroads of the lingering memory of a thriving local culture and middle class and the issue of how exactly revival can be effectively stoked. Two newly fashioned courses point to answers: one fostered by communal organizations of both neighborhoods, and the other led by the University of Chicago.
“I wanted to celebrate the culture that survived in Armenia. But even with that, I knew in my gut that the sadness would come out.”
The trio is with [the selected] artist through every step of the process from the first gallery visit to installation.
As shown by the latest exhibition at the Renaissance Society by Buenos Aires-born and London-based painter Varda Caivano, abstract art still very much has an audience. At the opening of the exhibit last week, entitled “The Density of the Actions,” the patrons were noticeably confounded, enchanted, and unsettled by art on display. And not without cause—her paintings are imaginatively filled with colors, lines, and forms that are both intricately incoherent and effortlessly comprehensive. Continue reading