Bronzeville Art District November Virtual Open Studio, Cesar Conde



"Creative Conversation", artists speaking about their art practice, November 20, 2020, focuses on
 Open Virtual Studio, "Creative Conversation"- Artist Cesar Conde.

"in·sight /ˈinˌsīt/ the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing:
intuition, perception, awareness, discernment, understanding, ... "

Cesar Conde 

Cesar Conde was born on September 23, 1963, in the Philippines. He came to Seattle in the early '70s when his family emigrated to the United States. Both his parents were white-collared professionals. Conde went to a public school in Seattle and was part of the first busing integration program. However, his first year of schooling was in Chicago's west side, where he was exposed to African-American, Latino and Polish communities. He grew up pressured to assimilate into the American culture in order to survive.

Travel exposed Conde to different cultures, which is reflected in his art. He learned to draw in Florence, Italy, and studied painting in Monflanquin, France.

Exhibitions:
Southside Weekly said "Conde's art is an art that does, and when looking at his portraits, one cannot help but feel that art can and must do things for us, that it must be strong, not flimsy. Indeed, that is Conde's whole goal: to remind us of the hard truths under the surface of our biases and judgments, lest we forget what happened to Trayvon," Jake Bittle, November 20, 2013

His work is featured in the Chicago Contemporary.

 "The film". 13 November 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
 "Cesar Conde Art". Archived from the original on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
 "South Side Weekly"
 "Chicago Contemporary". Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016

Coming soon.  Join us on December 18m, 2020  7pm - 8pm

Phantom Gallery: http://bit.ly/Phantom_Tour Meeting ID: 859 7433 6882

 Virtual Open Studio featuring:

Renee Baker- Experimental Film 
Post Modernism:
Lois Stone
Phillip Cotton

The Phantom Gallery will look at how the city influences art, and artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life. These installations will produce "Creative Conversations" presenting artists speaking about their art.

2020 Program virtual gallery openings will focus on Examining the State of Our Environment- and having conversations with artists in their studios. 

The aim of the Phantom is to examine changes in current curatorial production and to develop innovative displays in relation to virtual spaces. "Curatorial Practice" explores the impact of the urban environment on the artist and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of a city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process, and the final product. 


B. Ra-El Ali Thunder Zoom Virtual Open Studio Artist Interview

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My title B’Rael Ali is an affirmation that I use so that I always remain conscious of my spiritual identity and purpose. My purpose being a creative force sent from the cosmos, a bringer of truth.  I was born on the south side of Chicago and I have lived much of my life in the urban City. I am a graduate of the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale achieving a BFA in Painting and Drawing. I am also a spoken word artist. My artwork and poetry are infusions of urban life, history, and social commentary. I believe that knowledge of self is the true answer to anyone’s individual struggles because gaining it has improved my life tremendously. My artwork and poetry serve as a form of education, displaying the lessons and philosophies that help me during my struggles in order to help others through their struggles as well. Art is my language, Art is my way of solving the problems of today in order to create a better future.

 Much of my artwork features dancing figures. Dance is the physical cultivation of the Spirit through mental release and rhythmic processes. Dance historically, and contemporary is a large part of African and African American culture being used for ritual purposes, ceremonial, as well as social. My artwork depicts those traditional uses of dance through 2D drawings on paper that are enhanced with acrylic paint and pastels. I use the dancing figure as a creative vessel to express African American culture and issues. Through compositions designed from the figurative image of the dancer, I compose narratives that describe the African American experience, largely addressing identity, reconnecting African Americans to their African ancestry. The collaboration of symbols new and old creates the persona of "Afrofuturism" in my work, allowing my art to become ritual. 


The Phantom Gallery will look at how the city influences art, and artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life. These installations will produce "Creative Conversations" presenting artists speaking about their art.

2020 Program virtual gallery openings will focus on Examining the State of Our Environment- and having conversations with artists in their studios. 

The aim of the Phantom is to examine changes in current curatorial production and to develop innovative displays in relation to virtual spaces. "Curatorial Practice" explores the impact of the urban environment on the artist and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of a city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process, and the final product. 

Join us on December 18th, 2020 for our final installment of Virtual Open Studio featuring:

Renee Baker- Experimental Film 
Post Modernism:
Lois Stone
Phillip Cotton


Auntie Caryl's 2020 Winter Wellness Kit! Limited Edition

"Art is Business" reposted for Caryl Henry Alexander Thanks for your support

Peace and Blessings Friends,
I trust that you are well and enjoying your holiday weekend.

I'm good, especially excited to share this news with you!

As you know, I have been working since this past Spring to create a collection of herbal wellness products with the abundance from my beautiful Gratitude Garden.

The result is Auntie Caryl's 2020 Winter Wellness Kit! And now it is finally complete and ready for sale. Headlining this kit is an original handmade mixed media artwork created to bring healing positive vibrations to your environment.

I am currently working to have Auntie's e-commerce site up and active soon.

The kits are a limited edition and you can pre-order by responding to this email. 
Caryl Henry <carylawp@gmail.com>

Thanks for your support

Caryl


It's on!!! Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition

"Art is Business" Courtesy of Liz LaRue & Tiffany Malone






It's on!!! Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition put on by the prestigious Museum of Science & Industry on Chicago's Southside lakefront is the oldest juried Art Exhibition displaying contemporary artwork of African Americans from all over the United States. The show was created in 1970 to celebrate the culture, heritage, and ingenuity of African Americans. 

The originators were staff members from the Chicago Defender newspaper. 

Here is the link to the 2021 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition call to artists. It contains a link to the online application.

Call for Artists 2021 - Submission deadline for General and Teen Artwork.  Deadline January 3, 2021

BC2021 JA Call for Artists - Museum of Science and Industry


Tiffany Malone
Arts + Creativity Manager
Science and Integrated Strategies
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 753-1765 | http://msichicago.org

Fees for general category:$50, College students: $25. Teens can submit for free.  Awards in general category: First place $3,000 Second place: $2,000 Third place: $1,000. Teen awards First place: $500 Second Place: $300 Third place $200. For more info: MSI Chicago/juried art. For questions: Tiffany Malone at juriedart@msichicago.org

Virtual Open Studio Featuring Renee Baker / Artist


Renée Baker has created sonic arenas and compositions for many museums, including MCA CHICAGO, MOFA St. Petersburg, Fl., Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MOMA, NY, ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO, DESTEJILK MUSEUM, Zwolle, NL, MOMA NY, Spurlock Museum Champaign, Il, Krannert Art Museum, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Stony Island Arts Bank, DuSable Museum Chicago, Gardener Museum Boston, alongside prestigious music organizations: Symphony Center, Chicago. 


She had the privilege of being the
Visiting Resident Artist of the CHICAGO SYMPHONY 
African American Network 2017-2020.

Her film scores for BODY AND SOUL, THE SCAR OF SHAME, along with two new opera projects, BALDWIN CHRONICLES MIDNIGHT RAMBLE and A SOVEREIGN POUT, both premiered at Symphony Center in 2019 and upcoming in 2020. In addition, films with her scores have aired on NETFLIX and TCM.
Renee' Baker is the 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-renowned collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Critical acclaim for her graphic scores novels has come from performances in Berlin, Poland, London, Scotland, and as far-reaching as Vietnam.

From the Archives: Symphony Center (Chicago)




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 and Principal Violist of Chicago Sinfonietta for 26 years. Ms. Baker has composed over two thousand works for ensembles ranging from solo instruments, ballet, opera to significant 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’s Contemporary Project, and DanceWright Project.

From the Archives:


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. 

From the Archives:

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 and large ensemble “comprovisation”/ improvisation development.

Aspects of the art world permeate Ms. Baker’s work. Her performance artwork SUNYATA: TOWARDS ABSOLUTE EMPTINESS premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA, Chicago) in May 2015. Her tactile score sculpture works were featured at the MCA Chicago as part of the Sunyata premiere.

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 Micheaux’s “race film” masterpiece BODY AND SOUL (1925) with the music performed by her Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ensemble.

From the Archives:

Called the latest AACM visionary by Downbeat Magazine, Ms. Baker is one of the brightest and most fertile minds active in composition today.

From the Archives:

2020 Film Society Series Canceled due to COVID -19 Pandemic

Renee’ C. Baker, Conductor/Composer
Chicago Modern Orchestra Project /PEK’ Contemporary Project
reneebaker@comcast.net
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reneebakercomposer.net
chicagomodernorchestraproject.org
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Creative Conversation Presenting Artists Speaking About Their Art

"Art is Business"

ZOOM Virtual Gallery Tour Run of Show- November 20, 2020

Facebook: Live Stream
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B real Ali Thunder, photo by Toni Smith




Nicholas Conlon, "Last American Poet",  PINK GUN PROJECT






Artist With A Purpose in Gratitude Garden



"Art is Business"

Art On Armitage, Chicago - Supermarket 2014 Stockholm Independent Art Fair

Phantom Gallery Chicago Open Virtual Tour_Oct 2020




Artist Finally Gets Her ‘Seat At The Table’

"Art is Business" Reposted/ By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer




Local artist and museum founder Shonna McDaniels hope her new mural "A Seat At The Table," painted as part of the Wide Open Walls project, will uplift the community.

At the time, numerous calls to City Hall by people who would today be called Becky or Karen prompted a heated community town hall meeting about inclusion. In the end, SMUD, sponsoring the art installation, cut the check and chopped the project.

Ms. McDaniels never stopped fighting for a seat at the table for herself and other local Black artists. She's the founder of the Sojourner Truth Art Museum and is a vocal advocate for more diversity, of artists and images, in public art opportunities.

This week, it was a full-circle moment as she completed the last stroke on a mural for the Wide Open Walls project. Ironically, the towering ode to Blackness was created on the wall of a SMUD substation. "A Seat At The Table" is located in Midtown at 1430 19th Street.

"I cried," she said of the opportunity. "I literally cried like a baby because this has been a long time coming."

The mural was inspired by African actress Lupita Nyong'o. Featuring a dark-skinned woman as the focal point was deliberate for Ms. McDaniels, who wants the image to "uplift" her community. The large-scale painting took Ms. McDaniels and a team of enthusiastic fellow artists and volunteers less than a week to complete.

"I have so much support. Artists from all different genres have come out to help. We've had performing artists, dancers, visual artists, just so much support," she said.

As they filled in Ms. McDaniels' vision, area residents stopped by to admire the work in progress. They marveled at the detailed African pattern whose bold, orange lines draw in the eye and the eyes of a Black woman who seemed to mesmerize them from her high place of distinction on the wall.

Hundreds of residents and tourists, primarily White, stopped by to see the mural being created. There were often supportive honks from drivers-by.
She and a family-friendly group of volunteers received a very different reception a decade ago.

"Art is a peaceful act and then we had all these people driving by and calling us ni**ers and monkeys and asking us who authorized us to 'paint those aliens (Black people) on the wall.' The kids were traumatized," Ms. McDaniels recalled.

While she's created plenty of art since then, the incident is as fresh in Ms. McDaniels' mind as a new coat of paint, but she's glad recent calls for equity and social justice have painted a different picture.

"What a difference 10 years makes," she said.

"A Seat At The Table" is the second Wide Open Walls mural for Ms. McDaniels. Another, a tribute to the Ndebele women of South Africa, is located at 3217 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Oak Park. Other Black artists with murals added in 2020 include Brandon Gastinell (1616 J Street), the late Michael Mcdaniel (917 7th Street), Nosego (1730 L Street), Brandon Alexandr (7th Street and Improv Alley), and Leecasso, whose tribute to late Congressman John Lewis and "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman can also be found at 7th Street and Improv Alley.

With "A Seat At The Table" finished, Ms. McDaniels, is focused on her next project, expanding her museum space in South Sacramento. Expansion, she says, will allow for more Black art to be displayed and showcased in new and innovative ways.

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer

Virtual Open Studio- November Trolley Tour 2020


"Art is Business"

Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator at Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, a project that connects artists to temporary installation spaces,  aims to examine changes in current curatorial production and to develop innovative displays in relation to virtual spaces. "Curatorial Practice" explores the impact of the urban environment on the artist and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of a city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process, and the final product.

Alpha is looking at how the city influences art, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.