Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago's African American Music

"Art is Business" this is a must-see installation.

I was really impressed to see the collection of museum artifacts, a free stroll through this wing from Washington to Randolph is worth the venture.

Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago's African American Music
Through January 6, 2019
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Gallery, 78 E. Washington St.

Explore Chicago's music legacy through ragtime, jazz, and blues in an exhibition that highlights the contributions of important places and people that shaped the music scene. Seldom-seen original artifacts are on display including sheet-music, rare 1920s records with quirky period graphics-and even the original 1932 telephone booth from the old Sunset/Grand Terrace Café from which the actual music can be heard.

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"Art is Business"

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RENEE’ C. BAKER, MULTIMODAL

PHANTOM GALLERY CHICAGO

ALPHA M. BRUTON, CURATOR

OPENING JULY 20, 2018 

Hearing voices, seeing spirits, accessing adjacent worlds through sight, hearing, touch, and all our senses bring to mind all our secrets. These works are telling secrets and singing songs if we listen. Paying attention to everyday gestures and everyday routines, we find our roots and secrets, open to all who listen intently. Speaking, gestures, perceptions, attention all manifest in these organic creations. You will find me in these works if you wish. It's important to see the fantasy and fiction, to register the sanity and poetry in the works. Exceptional vision will bring you the magic and the silence. RB 2018

INSPIRATION:

I have sent you my invitation,the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.

Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!”

Just stand up quietly and dance with me.

Show me how you follow your deepest desires, spiraling down into the ache within the ache, and I will show you how I reach inward and open outward to feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day.

Don’t tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.

Show me how you turn away from making another wrong without abandoning yourself when

you are hurt and afraid of being unloved.

Tell me a story of who you are,

and see who I am in the stories I live.

And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.

Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be . . . someday.

Show me you can risk being completely at peace,

truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment,

and again in the next and the next and the next. . .

I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.

Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall,

the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.

What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness?

And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept the clear, healthy boundaries that help us live side by side with each other, let us risk remembering that we never stop silently loving those we once loved out loud.

Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart.

And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.

Show me how you take care of business without letting business determine who you are.

When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us shout that soul’s desires have too high a price, let us remind each other that it is never about the money.

Show me how you offer to your people and the world the stories and the songs
you want our children’s children to remember.

And I will show you how I struggle not to change the world but to love it.

Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude, knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.

Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words, holding neither against me at the end of the day.

And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest intentions have died away on the wind, dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale of the breath that is breathing us all into being, not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.

Don’t say, “Yes!” Just take my hand and dance with me.

© Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Dance, HarperOne, SanFrancisco, 2001

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"Art is Business"
Featuring Renee Baker, Artistic Director Chicago Modern Orchestra Project


WABI HOUSE MEDIA /PHANTOM GALLERY CHICAGO presents

POP UP OUTDOOR CINEMA

ALL MOVIES FEATURE NEW MUSIC SCORING BY RENEE BAKER

BRONZEVILLE ARTIST LOFTS  

436 E. 47TH ST, CHICAGO IL

Friday, July 20 at dusk
THE FLYING ACE  - Norman Johnson
THE LODGER - Alfred Hitchcock

DINNER: IDENTITY, GREED, AND ABUSE OF PRIVILEGE   
Renee Baker

Friday, August 17 at dusk
SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED   OSCAR MICHEAUX
Natural born gambler    BERT WILLIAMS
Race: A Careful Narrative by Definition Renee Baker

During the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, the Phantom Gallery Chicago will be converting underutilized spaces for cultural uses. It will strengthen the role of artists/residents in ongoing cultural planning. How? by facilitating neighborhood participation in cultural activities in the Bronzeville Art District.

Chicago Pedestrian Plan 2012

Make it easier to install temporary uses in vacant properties. Temporary measures are needed to improve inactive surfaces to promote pedestrian security. Actions: (Short Term) Encourage owners of vacant properties to activate their sites with public art and temporary improvements and hosting outdoor performances and drive-in Pop-up experimental film screenings.



Encourage Community Placemaking “Great places in Chicago can only be developed through partnerships with the people that will use them and those that plan and design them.” such as having  Renee Baker and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presenting here at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts.


Integrate Art into Pedestrian Spaces: Encourage temporary/rotating art exhibits, performances, film, youth open mic in public space the Bronzeville Art District.