"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.


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

“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