Cesar Conde's Intersects with Social Justice- FACES NOT FORGOTTEN - Chicago

"Art is Business"  Cesar Conde is a Chicago-based Filipino-American artist whose work is a
series of reflections on humanity and our inner environment. They are moments of contemplation captured in milli-seconds, revealing the sensitiveness and vulnerability of human beings. In this discovery lies the human strength. These moments he captures through the lens of the human eye and experience moved him towards the direction of social consciousness and action.

Cesar Conde at Genesis Art Gallery, "Faces Not Forgotten", 4/16/2016
In The Hood – Portraits of African American Professionals Wearing a Hoodie,” is the first recipient of the “Paul Collins Diversity Award” in ArtPrize 2014. This project is of large scale paintings done in Technique Mixte. They are portraits of African American professionals, male and female wearing a “Hoodie”. This is to dialogue  “Perception” vs. “Reality”, race-relations, stigmas, images, stereotypes, generalizations. It was inspired by the tragedy of the 17 y.o. African American teenager, Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed last year while wearing a hoodie in a Florida neighborhood.  Conde believes that "Until we see each other beyond “The Hood and into Humanity”, we perhaps can achieve peace and erase color lines."

Currently, Conde is working on “The Bang Bang Project”. It’s a series of large scale portraitures about “Black Lives” cut short due to police brutality and death as a result of stereotypes directed towards people of color. Conde’s  Conde is involved in a project with The Field Museum of Chicago in a project called “Art and Anthropology: Portraits of Object as Filipino.” A collaborative works with 10 Filipino and Filipino-American Artists to create large scale painting regarding the anthropological objects inside the museum. 

Conde studied at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy with John Michael Angel , who was an apprentice for Pietro Annigoni. Also, with Master Painter of Technique Mixte , Patrick Betaudier in his atelier in France. Conde’s old master influences are Carravaggio, Rehmbrant, and Goya. 

He resides in Chicago and continues to paint in his atelier in the Red Light District at the Zhou B Art Center where he is Artist-In-Residence.

PopUp Research Station- Creative Conversations Podcast.

Culture Bridge International Art Exhibit and Festival of the Arts: 03/15 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts Podcasts:

Artist talks and panel discussions are an opportunity to get to know artists approach of creating work, their biography, culture, mission and goals and desires. The moderators are directing the dialog between artists. Today our conversation is with artists Cesar Conde, Tracy Poyser, and Marianna Buchwald. Questions of investigation: What inspired you? How your passion developed? Social Justice: How do you define social practice? Describe one of your recent projects and how it intersects with social justice? Can artist pop in and out of a community? What's the process like examples of how relationships are developed in short periods of time or can they?


We have an upcoming event that we are hosting this weekend and hope that you can attend as well as bring family and friends. We are hosting a film screening of Making a Killing by Brave New Films at an art exhibit of Faces Not Forgotten.

This event is in observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) which is observed April 10-16 this year. The theme underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

The Faces Not Forgotten Project was started by artist Christine Llewski. She began painting portraits of children who have died from gun violence in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh.

Join us as at this exhibit which presents 34 Chicago artists who joined the social justice movement by painting portraits of Chicago youth who have lost their lives as victims of gun violence.

Genesis Art Gallery
2525 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16, 1:00-3:00PMArt Exhibit Dates: April 11- April 24Film Screening of "Making a Killing" begins at 2:00 pm 

Post Discussion 3:00 pm

Please see the attached flyer for distribution or posting on social media. Note: the "Faces" on our ad are the children (Tyler and Tyesa) of our co-president Delphine Cherry.

Also, just a reminder that this Wednesday is volunteer night at the ICHV Office from 5:30-8:00PM. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
ICHV Office
222 S. Morgan Street, Suite 4A
Chicago, IL 60607

And lastly ICHV is hosting a fundraiser on April 26 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington. Individual tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Please see the attachment or click here for more details.

Thanks to all of you!

All our best,

Anna and Delphine


Phantom Gallery Chicago April 10th - April 23, 2016

April 22, 2016 - artist talk

 Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presented in concert 

Renee Baker presents a neo installation TUNTUI 


Gallery Office Hours W-F  10am - 2pm, 
by appointment 773-681-6570
440 E. 47th Street, Chicago IL  60653

Renee’ C. Baker


                    hopelessly stumbling on and off the platform
                                             Failed to arrive on a meaningless timetable
                                 Obsolete resort-sinister crowd
                       A half-hour late, traveling within the whale
                               Were waiting in vain for an orgy of destruction
              Accepted it’s delay toward the market square
                                Indifference/course of it’s passage
                  Hopeless resignation, closing time persuasion
                                              Like some strange fruit
                 Dark was the dark
                                         A sleep so deep
                       Darkness visible-visual compulsiveness
                                         Due to arrive on the morrow, it’s own poetry

                           Brings an onset of silence

W.IN.E TV Interview Mrs. Renee Baker

Renee' C. Baker   Composer/Visual Artist

Renee' Baker is founding music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (CMOP), a polystylistic organization that grew from the plums of classical music as well as jazz. A member of the world renown collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
As a disruptive composer and visual artist, there are few barriers to the creative turns of this composer, conductor, artist, and instrumentalist. As a featured ensemble, CMOP has been chosen to work with NewMusicUSA and the EarShot program of the American Composers Orchestra. 
An expert at ensemble development and training, Renee’ developed the Mantra Blue Free Orchestra (Chicago), PEK' Contemporary Project (Berlin), the progenitor of Bleueblue Walkers/Bass Kollektief, Twilight Struggles (Berlin) as well as being involved in starting over 20 cutting edge new music ensembles. Among them: TUNTUI, Wrinkled Linen, Chocolate Chitlin' Caucus, Red Chai Watch, FAQtet, Project 6, Renee' Baker's AWAKENING, Baker ArTet, a Butoh ensemble BODY STRATA, and Strings Attached.
Ms. Baker has performed globally from Bimhuis (Amsterdam) to Symphony Center (Chicago) and was a founding member as well as Principal Violist of Chicago Sinfonietta for 26 years
As a disruptive force in composition, Ms. Baker’s eclectic visual score compositions led her to create a gestured conducting language she calls CCL/FLOW (Cipher Conduit Linguistics), which she employs when working with numerous cutting edge groups in Cologne, Berlin, Netherlands, London, Chicago, Portland (OR), and other ensembles around the world. 
A further aspect of her composition skills is the development of her painted score Exploratorium pieces for ensembles of variable sizes. Ms. Baker is also in demand as a lecturer and expert in nontraditional composition techniques, as well as large ensemble “comprovisation”/ improvisation development.
Aspects of the art world permeate Ms. Baker’s work. Her performance art work SUNYATA:TOWARDS ABSOLUTE EMPTINESS will premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA, Chicago) in May 2015, and her tactile score sculpture works were featured at the MCA Chicago as part of the Sunyata premiere.
Called the latest AACM visionary by Downbeat Magazine, Ms. Baker is one of the brightest and most fertile minds in active in composition today.

Critical acclaim for her graphic scores novels has come from performances in Berlin, Poland, London, Scotland and as far reaching as Vietnam.

Ms. Baker has composed over two thousand works for ensembles ranging from pieces for solo instruments, ballet, opera to large orchestral works that bridge the classical, jazz and creative music genres. Her ability to embrace various creative parameters in her work has led to commissions for the Chicago Sinfonietta, Berlin International Brass, PEK’ Contemporary Project, and DanceWright Project, among others.

Ms. Baker is the composer of four operas. Currently she is working as a film score composer, having composed and released a new score for Oscar Michaeux's “race film” masterpiece BODY AND SOUL (1925) with the music performed by her Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ensemble.

2016 NCVRW Theme Video: Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.

The Faces Not Forgotten- Chicago Project-2016

Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme —Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope— underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

"Art is Business"

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Straight Business

"Art is Business" SAVE THAT DATE APRIL 15, 2016

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra). The boys went on to form the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble in 1990. By 1999, the brothers discontinued playing with dad in order to find their own sound, growing into the band now known as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble or HBE. The group’s sound was best put by Fader Magazine’s Edwin Stats, who called their music: “a huge brass bridge of hypnotic polyphony connecting the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra’s Arkestra with the urgency of hip hop, and the sweeping emotional scale of a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation opus.” Their song, “War” was featured in the movie, The Hunger Games.

CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival taking place April 13-17, throughout Chicago and featuring over 200+ events of Premiere Films, Filmmaker & Artist Q&A’s, Live Concerts & Scores, Music Showcases, Parties / CIMMcon Industry Conference, Industry Panels, Workshops, Mixers and more!

For more info, full schedule & fest passes visit: cimmfest.org


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / CIMMfest Pass includes General Admission to Hypnotic Brass Ensemble show above, PLUS: 5 days of 200+ events throughout Chicago – Access on a first come first served basis. / Reserved Seats to 5 events (email sent when full lineup set March 1st) / Premiere Films, Filmmaker & Artist Q&A’s, Live Concerts & Scores, Music Showcases, Parties / CIMMcon Industry Conference, Industry Panels, Workshops, Mixers and more!