Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan

Gabriel Villa’s Metamorphosis

Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

It's not too late to enjoy the last days of an exhibition by Pilsen-based artist and former director of Yollocalli Arts Reach Gabriel Villa. Villa seeks to seamlessly translate the language of Mexican traditions and the personal urban American experience into charged intimate narratives. His stream-of-consciousness approach to painting and drawing expose the heightened reality found in everyday objects and places. The exhibit closes July 24; walk-ins allowed.

Free

Big Wheel

Blanc Gallery 4445 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago

Another piece of the Monumental Tour, Arthur Jafa's Big Wheel is made of four seven-foot tires—gargantuan things, made for monster trucks by a Colorado manufacturer—each laced with a mesh of iron chain; in lieu of hubcaps are abstract medallion sculptures that are 3-D printed from melted chains. It's on display through August 30.

Free

All Power to All People

Englewood Village Plaza 5801 S. Halsted St., Chicago

Standing twenty-eight feet tall and weighing 24,000 pounds, Hank Willis Thomas's sculpture All Power to All People combines the Afro pick and the Black Power salute, two potent symbols of Black identity and social justice. The work is part of the Monumental Tour, a national touring exhibition intended to foster social change through the arts, presented by Kindred Arts. It's on display through August 30.

Free

All Power to All People

Englewood Village Plaza 5801 S. Halsted St., Chicago

Standing twenty-eight feet tall and weighing 24,000 pounds, Hank Willis Thomas's sculpture All Power to All People combines the Afro pick and the Black Power salute, two potent symbols of Black identity and social justice. The work is part of the Monumental Tour, a national touring exhibition intended to foster social change through the arts, presented by Kindred Arts. It's on display through August 30.

Free

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