Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chicago South Side Host Passport: Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2017

Chicago South Side Host Passport: Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2017

 "Art is Business"
June 16th Trolley Tour was so cool, it was hosted by the Chicago South Side Airbnb leadership team, as a social experience that can be offered to their guest while visiting Chicago. We hosted an after trolley Sor'ree as well, a gathering with DJ Marcel, to the theme of Purple Fusion Experience: Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. 

Join us again for a family fun filled event, on this Friday July 21st. Meet and greet the featured artists, Michelle Stone, and Peter N. Gray, as they share their recent artwork, and collaborative approach to exhibition. This exhibit is curated by Alan Emerson Hicks, all three are members of 3D Sculpture. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bronzeville Art District July Trolley Tour

"Art is Business" Join us on Friday July 21, 2017  VIP Pre-Boarding of the Bronzeville Art District- Trolley Tour, 5pm-6pm. Boarding begins at 6pm - 9pm. 

The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network presents the works of Peter Gray and Michelle Stone. HAPPENSTANCE- meet and greet the artists during the Trolley Tour, curator Alan Emerson Hicks.

IN-KIND DONOR SUPPORT- wine Jacqueline Moses, food Members of Holy Angels Parish.
Value Varies (Cost Share)Your company may wish to donate specific items: Space, Wine for Reception, Searchlight, Flowers, Printing, etc. as part of our gallery openings. Recognition will be commensurate with values of other sponsorship levels based on value of in-kind support.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Featured Artists- Featured Projects for July 2017

"Art is Business" by Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator, Lauren Pilot, Alan Emerson Hicks
The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will be hosting a series of events this July, starting this weekend with a closing reception for......

The Purple Fusion Experience 

Saturday July 8th, 4pm-6pm, meet the artists, during this afternoon Salon Series listen to artists  talking about their art practice. A live podcast recording on BlogTalkRadio-"Creative Conversation"
Exhibit ends on the 12th of July.

Potluck Dinner Party- Chicago South Side Hosts- Passport
Chicago South Side host leaders will gather at the home of one our Southside hosts and discuss upcoming events, initiatives and activities on the Southside of the city. Hosts will bring a dish and eat dinner together!

By signing up for the Event, you agree that Airbnb may record or photograph the Event, (including You, your likeness and voice), and use it publicly or privately in any form of media, including for commercial purposes. By attending, You consent to the recording and photographing and grant Airbnb an unrestricted, perpetual, non-exclusive and sublicenseable license, to take, use, display, perform, distribute or exploit for any lawful and commercial purpose any recordings or photographs. If You do not agree, please do not click "Sign Me Up" and do not attend the meetup.

HAPPENSTANCE July 21,2017  5pm - 6pm pre-boarding VIP

Friday, July 7, 2017

Word Warrior- Release Concert-

"Art is Business" Word Warrior  -  7/9/2017  6:30pm -10:30pm

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For more information contact, Word Warrior at

Thursday, July 6, 2017


"Art is Business" posted for Alan Emerson Hicks Exhibit Curator

an art presentation from michelle stone and peter n gray

happenstance has a most positive-enlightening - or even magical impact when
                         our mind, body, spirit, imagination  are wide open to intuition,
                         questions, people, nature, situations, places, ideas,
                         tension, argument, interpretation, sorrow, elation, taste, smell,
                         visions, sounds, simplicity, complexity, short & long silence, mystery
these feed the creative work practice of an artist 

Opening July 21, 2017  at the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, 436 E. 47th Street, Room 205, Chicago IL

The Exhibit runs from July 21st - August 12, 2017Opening: VIP  5pm - 6pm pre-boarding  Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2017, this event is free and open to the public.

Alan Emerson Hicks, 773-501-7730

Friday, June 16, 2017


Special Service Area 56 is one of the sponsors of today’s event.  Special Service Area 56, also known as SSA 56, services the business corridor on 47th Street from State Street to Vincennes Ave and is managed by Quad Communities Development Corp (QCDC).

SSA’s are economic development tools designed to support and promote local business growth in neighborhoods.  SSAs provide services and programs beyond what may be available from the City of Chicago.

There are over 50 active SSAs currently operating in Chicago.  SSA’s provide services such as sponsoring special events, managing area wide marketing campaigns, public way maintenance and decorations as well as rebate programs for local businesses.

For more information regarding SSA56, please visit the 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Purple Fusion Experience Jimi Hendrix and Prince

"Art is Business"Lauren Pilot, Guest Curator
"Prince"by Lauren Pilot
 Lauren Pilot is a Hyde Park Chicago native. Her artwork is driven by her passion and love of color, shape and beauty in people and nature. As a child, Lauren always had a passion for art and began drawing in elementary school. Lauren has studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. In addition, Lauren received professional training at the Bronzeville School of Art under the instruction of Gerald Sanders. Lauren is inspired by her mother who also studied and taught art, and her father who was a jazz musician, from which she has also inherited his talent. Lauren is a commissioned fine artist and has sold artwork to many wonderful people. She works in various mediums including: graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, acrylic, oil and watercolor.
Lauren has exhibited at Dank Haus German American Culture Center "Culture Bridge", Genesis Art Gallery, Bloomingdale Art Gallery, and the Phantom Gallery Chicago during "Faces Not Forgotten-Chicago), Murphy Hill Gallery, the Framing Mode (South Loop), The Great Frame Up (Hyde Park) Chicago and the Vought Art Gallery in Tinley Park, IL.

Robert Carr- Jimmy Hendrix

Robert Carr  "Prince"
Artist Robert Carr fell in love with art at an early age. Exploring a variety of techniques and innovative mediums, Carr mastered the art of portraiture and abstract representation. In Carr's words, "When I paint my brush is like projector, that projects my Inner-most thoughts. As I reflect upon nature, people and personal journeys in life, awaken new perspectives on the spiritual in art and painting."
Phantom Gallery Chicago, 205, 2nd floor of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, located at 436 E. 47th Street. This opening will be held during the Bronzeville Art District 2017 Trolley Tour.

PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES AND TIMES!!!!!! July 8th closing reception/ Art Talk

Dearly Beloved… We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. And 25 years ago, life seemingly revolved around an elfin horndog with a rococo fashion sense, an alpine voice, and a purple motorcycle twice his size. Purple Rain is remembered for its music ...
The Experience Hendrix Tour has been paying homage to the musical genius of Jimmy Hendrix for over a decade, bringing together a diverse, all-star aggregation of extraordinary guitarists including multiple Grammy-winning Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde.
Soi·rée an evening party or gathering, for conversation and music, mixologist Alan Emerson Hicks, Purple Haze Martini's.

Trolley Tour is Free and open to the public, held on the third friday of the month, July 21, August 18, September 15,

The closing reception and the VIP pre-boarding was sponsored in part by Chicago South Side Host- Passport to Airbnb, Bronzeville Art District 2017 Trolley Tour , SSA#56, and DJ Marcell spinning the sounds of Prince and Jimmy Hendrix.

Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator
Alan Emerson Hicks
Lauren Pilot, Guest Curator

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Purple Fusion Experience

"Art is Business"Lauren Pilot, Guest Curator
The Purple Fusion Experience
Jimi Hendrix and Prince

Visual expression and representation of artwork featuring:

Robert Carr "Jimmy Hendrix"

Lauren Pilot, 
Robert Carr, 
Sebron Grant, 
Jori Jeffrey, 
Kelly Mitchell, 
Ernest Nathan, 
Deanna Rollins, 
Dionne Victoria,
 Thomas Williams

Phantom Gallery Chicago, 205, 2nd floor of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, located at 436 E. 47th Street. 
Bronzeville Art District 2017 Trolley Tour.
The opening VIP pre-boarding is being held on Friday, June 16th, 5:00-6:00pm, sponsored in part by Chicago South Side Host- Passport to Airbnb.
Bronzeville Art District 2017 Trolley Tour begins at 6pm – 10 pm,
DJ Marcell spinning the sounds of Prince and Jimmy Hendrix
Soi·rée an evening party or gathering, for conversation and music from 10pm - 1am.  
VIP: Suggested Donation,
Trolley Tour is Free and open to the public.

Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator
Alan Emerson Hicks, Resident Artist/Curator
Lauren Pilot, Guest Curator

Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator
Alan Emerson Hicks, Resident Artist/Curator
Lauren Pilot, Guest Curator


Monday, June 5, 2017

The Symbol Of the Unconquered (1920)

Our screening for tonight has been rescheduled TBD
I will be interviewing Renee-Baker this afternoon at 5:30pm- 6pm you can join in on the conversation, by calling the blogtalkradio studio the number is 

 In this silent film, a black heiress fights off the Ku Klux Klan to save her land. (1 of the 2 films Oscar Micheaux filmed as a 'response' to The Birth of A Nation)

RSVP seating is limited-

"Art is Business" Film Screening will be reschuled join us on September 15, 2017 7pm-9pm. REMEMBER LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL!!!!YAASS!
SAVE THE DATES!!!!!  SEPTEMBER 15&16, 2017

CMOP New Music Festival
Art, Film, Music, Movement

Bronzeville Artist Lofts
Phantom Gallery #205
436 E 47th St Chicago

SEPTEMBER 15 AND 16, 2017!!
Sign up begins June 1

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cocktails Conversation with Benedict Taylor

"Art is Business" Phantom Gallery Chicago will present an upfront and personal experience this Sunday June 4th, 2017 at 3pm - 7pm.

Join us for a Sunday afternoon salon, with guest artist Benedict Taylor who is here in Chicago from the UK, collaborating with Renee Baker for a series of very exciting avant-garde, experimental, adventure of the atonal chamber experience.
Followed by cocktails, conversation and dinner.

Benedict Taylor (born 1982) is a British avant-garde composer and violist, who works within contemporary music and improvisation. He studied viola at the Royal Northern College of Music (2000–2004) with Roger Bigley – Lindsay Quartet, Thomas Riebl, Steve Berry (improvisation), Chris Rowland (chamber music). From 2008–2010, he then read ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was born in Kendal near the English Lake District and is the son of the Kendal based author Caroline Moir. He is married to Indian actress Radhika Apte since 2012. 
 Renee is the producer of CREATE FEST VII: FLECKED OUT-- where Benedict Taylor performed to experimental annimated films. We are looking forward, to Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, where Renee will produce a two day CREATFEST, beginning with an open reception and performances (TBA) on Friday September 15th, and concluding on Saturday September 16, 2017.

Join us on Thursday June 8, at 7pm for the
The fourth installment of silent film screenings scores produced by CMOP, and hosted by the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. 

The Symbol of the Unconquered (aka The Wilderness Trail) is a 1920 silent "race film" drama produced, written and directed by Oscar Micheaux. This film is Micheaux's fourth feature-length film and along with Within Our Gates is amongst his earliest surviving works.

Monday, May 22, 2017


"Art is Business"
On June 16th, BAD will launch its 11th annual Bronzeville Trolley Tour. The goal is to invite Chicagoans from across the City to view the artistic offerings of Bronzeville’s 6 fine art galleries.  This is a family friendly event, all is welcome!

 The Purple Fusion Experience Exhibition -

@Robert Carr
@Robert Carr

@Lauren Pilot

Lauren Pilot, guest curator,  featuring the work of
Robert Carr,
Sebron Grant
Jori Jeffrey,
Kelly Mitchell,
Ernest Nathan,
 Deanna Rollins,
 Dionne Victoria,
  Thomas Williams, 

 Phantom Gallery Chicago, 205, 2nd floor of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, located at 436 E. 47th Street. This opening will be held during the Bronzeville Art District 2017 Trolley Tour.

The opening VIP reception is being held on Friday, June 16th, 5:00pm, the Trolley Tour begins at 6pm – 10pm, we will have an after Soi·rée an evening party or gathering, for conversation and music from 10pm - 1am. DJ Marcell
 VIP: suggested donation, Trolley Tour is Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Within Our Gates (slide show)

 "Art is Business"
Join us for a post discussion on May 12, 2017
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
436 E. 47th Strteet, Room 205
773-681-6570 RSVP Space is limited

The film is one of the earliest examples, and certainly the most ambitious extant example, of black appropriation of the emerging technology to contest representations of African Americans in mass culture.

Renee will lead a discussion on the importance of screening silent movies and their juxpostion in today racial climate. 

The film was completed by late 1919 but delayed from release until January 1920 by two months of debate within Chicago’s film censor board. The major black-owned newspaper of the time, The Chicago Defender, reported on the dispute over the film’s showing, with reference to the city’s race riots the previous summer (in which twenty-three African Americans and fifteen whites died): “Those who reasoned with the spectacle of last July in Chicago ever before them, declared the showing pre-eminently dangerous; while those who reasoned with the knowledge of existing conditions, the injustices of the times, the lynchings and handicaps of ignorance, determined that the time is ripe to bring the lesson to the front.”  Essay by Scott Simmon

Monday, May 1, 2017

“Within Our Gates” (Oscar Micheaux) w/new score by Renée Baker

"Art is Business" all films scored by Renee Baker

Fri May 12, 7:00pm - 9:30pm


 RSVP space limited
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, 436 E. 47th Street, Room 205

USA, 1920 • Directed by Oscar MicheauxCast Evelyn Preer (Sylvia Landry), Flo Clements (Alma Prichard), James D. Ruffin (Conrad Drebert), Jack Chenault (Larry Prichard), William Smith (Philip Gentry), Charles D. Lucas (Dr. V. Vivian), Bernice Ladd (Mrs. Geraldine Stratton), Mrs. Evelyn (Mrs. Elena Warwick), William Stark (Jasper Landry), Manic Edwards (His wife), Ralph Johnson (Philip Gridlestone), E.G. Tatum (Efrem), Grant Edwards (Emil Landry), Grant Gorman (Armand Gridlestone) Writer, Director, Producer Oscar Micheaux 

Live Post show discussions over cocktails. 

 About CMOP

The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ©® is an offshoot of the highly successful Mantra Blue FreeOrchestra ©®,both groups directed by Renèe Baker.

While MBFO plays only original compositions by Ms. Baker, involving her own highly developed“conduction-like” style of directing, the CMOP is dedicated to commissioning, performing and recording contemporary creative and classical music of many new composers.

The mission of the orchestra is to excite and encourage new audiences with their own brand of “out-of-the-box” programming. We gratefully acknowledge the individuals, corporations, and foundations whose generous support makes our concerts and recordings possible.

Contact Renèe Baker at: for information regarding concert bookings.

Articles researched for the blog post:

American Film Society
Why I  will Watch Within Our Gates?

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free Screening Film Series Scored by Renee Baker

"Art is Business" with Renee Baker
April 13th, 2017 , 7pm 'Broken Bloosom'
Phantom Gallery Chicago, 436 E. 47 th Street, 205

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Broken Blossoms  1919USA can be purchased online $24.99

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, often referred to simply as Broken Blossoms, is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by D.W. Griffith. It was distributed by United Artists and premiered on May 13, 1919. It stars Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp, and tells the story of young girl, Lucy Burrows, who is abused by her alcoholic prizefighting father. 

New Score 2016 Renee' Baker/Chicago Modern Orchestra Project@ Wabi House Media 2016 Production Engineer: Ryan M. Baker.

May 12th, 7pm Within Our Gates

June 8th, Symbols of the Unconqured

773-681-6870 RSVP space limited

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beyond the Loop: Pop-up scene is contagious

Beyond the Loop: Pop-up scene is contagious