Monday, July 18, 2016

The Legendary Rakim is Takin' It to the Streets

"Art is Business" reposted for Lavon N. Pettis of Global Resources ID.

As many of you know in April of 2016 I joined my comrade's at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network as the 2016 Lead Planner for Takin' It to the STreets
This year's headliner is the none other than Rakim.  Check out what he had to say about his appearance this year!
Other acts include international sensations: Yuna, Brother Alia, The Reminders, Mumu Fresh, Brzzvll, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Danay Suarez.

Our guest Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of late black nationalist leader Malcolm X

I am asking my networks to contribute to the wonder organization we work towards meeting our fundraising goals for the 2016 Ramadan campaign.  Any amount you may offer is appreciated

I thank you in advance.

Please see the link to donate below

Friday, July 15, 2016

Black Experimentalism - “Let Us Examine the State of Our Environment.”

"Art is Business" The specific question I want to press, is what are some ways we can define “black experimentalism while examining the state of our environment? Alpha M. Bruton  Join us on BlogTalkRadio for a candid conversation scheduled Monday, July 18th, 2016  11am, Call in to speak with the host (917) 889-7811

Jelisa M. Davis- Chicago State University Graduate BFA

In this exhibit Phantom Gallery Chicago curators Alpha Bruton, and Alan Emerson Hicks invited B. RaEl Ali, and Jelisa M. Davis new graduates and emerging Chicago artists as a feature, because each are presenting critical thought and expressing Modernism in their artwork. In their work they have thought  critically about black experimentalism and black Modernism,  and what that means in their practice.
Artist B. RaEl Ali

B. Ra-El Ali is an exceptional emerging artist who has exhibited his artwork at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Illinois, South Side Community Art Center, and 
 he is currently a resident artists and curator at the Hunter International Gallery.

Jelisa M. Davis work captures social phobic thoughts, emotions and behaviors prior to or during moments of social interaction. In 2016, Davis graduated from Chicago State University where she studied studio art and developed her enthusiasm for surrealism.

Areas of Investigation:
Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated in terms of actual dates, nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Postmodernism. So, what use do we find in the terminology that supposes a distinction? We know, despite this slippage in terminology, however, that Modernism as an artistic movement—embraced by a range of practitioners in literature, music, and the visual arts—is often described as a “break” from, and a revolt against, Realism.

That we engage in a discussion not only about race and gender, but about societal attitudes about race and gender, and the relationship a Modernism that cannot be extracted from these attitudes and a black Modernism that emerged alongside and against them.  

The question I pose to B. Ra - El Ali because he is also a poet, and spoken word artist:
Who within the literary black tradition has (as well as, particularly, the visual arts, which is an area of cross-pollination in need of major investigation) made experimentalism more possible, and might we find some of those figures in the columns we call “canonical” or “traditional”? I want to think about poets whose work we might not consider experimental and see how the innovations in that work begin to shift the ground beneath what we think of as “black experimental.” 

The Hopwood Lecture, presented April 20, 2011
 Michigan Quarterly Review


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The partnership between Collected Voices and the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will serve as Collected Voices’ first fundraiser during the Bronzeville Summer Nights Art District Trolley Tour on Friday July 15, 2016.  The screening and fundraiser is a pre-launch to the CV Film Festival that begins in August and runs through October 2016.


Dark Exodus: Subjected to Jim Crow laws and an overtly racist white population that still sees Blacks as property, an African American family in the South sends its sons away to a better life.  Visualizing the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban, industrial North in sepia tones, director Iverson White’s period film captures the atmosphere of early 20th century America. 28 min Fiction; directed by Iverson White

Sounds of Exodus: An Ode to the Great Migration: A short film from the critically acclaimed award winning filmmaker Lonnie Edwards paying homage to the evolution of music birthed through the Great Migration. 3:17 min Doc; directed by Lonnie Edwards

The Talk: A father, a son and a life or death conversation. 7:22 min Fiction; directed by Justin Vaughnn

Do Police Have More Rights Than Juveniles? One South Side Family's Rare Victory Against Misconduct: In 2007 Donna Moore’s 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter were assaulted by an off-duty Chicago cop. The city settled with the South Side mother in 2011, awarding her family $100,000.  Real Chi Youth spoke with Moore and others to understand the impact of police misconduct against juveniles. 4:45min Doc; produced by Free Spirit Media, Directed by Chelsea Berry

Strange Fruit: A reinterpretation of the poem by Abel Meeropol in modern times, October travels down Middle American Main Street and finds himself trapped in a fatal cycle. At the end of the day,

Who is to Blame? The Fruit or the Root? 10 min Fiction; directed by Shay Riddick

Watch the trailer here: Strange Fruit trailer

Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM (CDT) - Add to Calendar

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network- Room 205
 436 East 47th Street, Chicago, IL 60653

Space is limited.- Mixologist Alan Emerson Hicks 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Emerging Artist: Jelisa M. Davis Featured in Black Experimentalism Exhibit

"Art is Business" Jelisa Davis is an emerging Chicago-born artist who specializes in surrealistic painting. 

Black Experimentalism Exhibit
Phantom Gallery Chicago, 440 E. 47th Street, Room 205-  July 15th - August 13th, 2016.

Jelisa Davis’s Artist Statement
My work captures social phobic thoughts, emotions and behaviors prior to or during moments of social interaction. My work expresses how mundane activities that require human encounters can be daunting tasks that produce extreme anxiety created by irrational fears of receiving negative
judgement by others. I’m interested in depicting particular social insecurities such as fear of social rejection, public humiliation and being closely observed and negatively evaluated on performance.

My work often illustrates these anxieties as nightmarish landscapes from first
person perspective or it captures particular moments that provoke uncomfortable responses from my audience.  My work is visually characterized by crowded compositions and dull and intense color schemes to illustrate the overwhelming experiences of social anxiety and to intensify  delusional perceptions.

She discovered her interest in art through the adoration of calligraphy and cursive writing. She enjoyed the curvilinear design and flow of the letters and how they were cleverly connected to one another. She would often trace her mother’s beautiful cursive writing and eventually accompanied the words with small doodles of imaginative imageries. 

In 2016, Davis graduated from Chicago State University where she studied studio art and developed her enthusiasm for surrealism. She was often influenced by the styles, philosophies and concepts of classic surrealists, especially René Magritte. She appreciated the abandonment of reality and academic teachings and was intrigued by the acknowledgement and emphasis and of the unconscious world.
She was also influenced by psychological literature, specifically
Sigmund Freud’s theories of dreams and the uncanny.  Davis’s philosophy of painting derived from the famous Picasso quote which she discovered her second year of college- “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”. This led her to focus on psychological themes relating to social phobia due to her own experiences of social anxiety disorder.

Her work has been exhibited in CSU’s President’s Gallery where she had won first place and other honorable acknowledgments in the annual student art competition.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Phil Cohran Solstice Concert Millennium Park Chicago 6/20/16

"Art is Business" posted for Lavon N. Pettis GRID Project Manager 2016
Phil Cohran's Summer Solstice Ensemble  Bro Phil will be honored on July 8th by Master Yiser Ra Hotep and the Soul Yoga Society:

On June 20th, 2016  Bro Kelan Phil Cohran debuted his Summer Solstice at the Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park Chicago.   Below is a copy of the bio for the octogenarian, a musician list & plot, and video for you to review. 

He will take the rest of the summer to produce new music, rehearse, and tend to some of health needs.   He is looking forward to public performances again in October of 2016. 

Thanking you in advance for taking a look at these materials and all of your support! 

Musically and artistically yours,

Lavon Pettis

Friday, July 1, 2016

CALL FOR CURATORS--- Call for papers are ongoing through October 31,2016

Creative Conversation on BlogTalkRadio Listener dial-in number:(917) 889-7811 or visit our BlogtalkRadio page to join listenership at:

"Are Black Women Loud?" a Creative Conversation, hosted by SOJO Art Museum
ART TALKS is a forum/lecture series hosted by curators during gallery exhibitions. The Phantom Gallery will look at how the city influences art, and how artist transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life. These installations will produce "Creative Conversations" presenting artist speaking about their art.
YaYa - Jennifer Porras, Arts and Activism at the Crocker Art Museum 2015

There is room for flexibility in the way we work; the installation will adjust to the environment in which it is place. We are challenged to develop innovative displays in relation to physical or virtual spaces, and to provide opportunities for experimental, installation and conceptual art with the communities we visit.

What are Creative Conversations?
Creative Conversations are local gatherings of engaged citizens in communities across the country and are part of a grassroots movement to elevate the profile of arts in America during National Arts & Humanities Month every October. Started in 2004 as a program of The Emerging Leaders Network, Americans for the Arts is now expanding the scope of the event to invite all arts leaders and interested individuals to participate.

A Creative Conversation in  hosted by Sojo Art Museum Sacramento- Moderator Alpha Bruton 
Some of these local convening’s have grown into cohesive, organized emerging leader networks, been the catalyst for the development of community wide cultural plans, and helped to shape local arts advocacy by connecting the cultural sector with the business community and political leadership. This local tool empowers arts administrators to take a leadership role in their own community by both designing programming and galvanizing their peers to connect professionally.

Moderator Nat McLin of Critic's Corner- at Little Black Pearl 2008
Creative Conversations and the Arts Action Fund
In 2016, Creative Conversations are once again partnering with the Arts Action Fund to generate increased energy around the grassroots movement to elevate the profile of the arts in America. By hosting and/or participating in a Creative Conversation, you will automatically receive Free Advocate membership to the Arts Action Fund at no cost whatsoever. Members of the Arts Action Fund receive timely action alerts and the electronic version of the quarterly Arts Action News publication by e-mail.
All projects will be profiled during the 2016  National Arts & Humanities Month

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Freedom Lover Films Collected Voices

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I am a visual anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker. I work with youth as my students, film crew, and subjects. My work, following women and girls has taken around the world to tell the story of some of the worlds most marginalized people. 

Collected Voices centers around original ethnographic works that explore the intersection of race, age, class, gender, and sexuality within Chicago society. Explored through short and feature length films from Chicago based artists, these stories capture the voices of individuals and communities. 

Thematic screenings held at the Phantom Gallery Chicago loft will create a space for viewing and discussion of narratives from underrepresented ethnic and cultural groups; often excluded from major theatrical & digital release. 

These films are curated to not only highlight the work of Chicago based filmmakers, but expand our understanding of ethnography, and the diverse experiences of Chicago citizens.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Susan Fox Speaks about Participatory PopUp Outside Performance Space

Susan Fox Speaks about Participatory PopUp Outside Performance Space 02/15 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Performing Arts Podcasts:

Susan Fox Culture Coach programmer, curator of Intersections series, and Nonprofit Partnership Developer with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. Talks about her vision for the 'The Culture Coach', a traveling pop-up stage, which brings music and hands-on art experiences to parks clustered on the South and West sides of Chicago.

The mission of the Culture Coach is to bring live music and the arts to our city's neighborhoods so that all are able to participate as audience or actors in these activities without regard to economic status or where they live. The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is a new partnership of nonprofit presenting organizations (Madison Music Collective, Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison Jazz Society, and Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival), educators (UW School of Music, Madison Metropolitan School District Fine Arts Office, and Madison Jazz Jam), and WORT-FM, with additional support from the Jazz Institute of Chicago and local media (Isthmus and Capital City Hues).

Working together, these partners will pursue five common goals aimed at creating a more vibrant and sustainable local jazz scene: This Spring, the Consortium members will also complete a strategic plan that identifies a set of high-priority initiatives to further strengthen Greater Madison's jazz scene in the coming years.

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