“Environmental Concerns” - Exhibitions, Installations, and Public Programs
Sep
26
to Nov 18

“Environmental Concerns” - Exhibitions, Installations, and Public Programs

"Environmental Concerns" is a collaborative project of the Experimental Station and William Hill Center for the Arts. It looks at local intersections between the natural world and social environments. Through exhibitions, installations, and public events, it connects and amplifies neighboring grassroots sites.

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"Environmental Concerns" Closing Event: “Chainsaw Lowering” Public Performance and Tasting with Erik Peterson and Angel Bat Dawid
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

"Environmental Concerns" Closing Event: “Chainsaw Lowering” Public Performance and Tasting with Erik Peterson and Angel Bat Dawid

Erik Peterson's 16' double chainsaw sculpture has sat on a ledge in Experimental Station for 7 years. To close out our Environmental Concerns project, we will lower the sculpture from its second story perch and have it permanently exit the building (hopefully via a Resource Center truck!). This will provide an opportunity to reflect on the stasis, atrophy, and renewal that exists within ecosystems - reflecting Experimental Station's history and the annual cycle of life within William Hill's green spaces. Before the chainsaw sculpture leaves, guests' senses will be engaged through sound, performances, tastings, and olfactory delights.

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Cream Co.’s “Plant Your Fears” at the 61st St. Farmers Market
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Cream Co.’s “Plant Your Fears” at the 61st St. Farmers Market

Artist collective Cream Co. will take over our Market School to set up an exchange station that asks participants to write down their fear on a piece of biodegradable paper, choose the appropriate allium to attach it to, and then wrap it around an allium bulb to be buried at a later date. In the spring the fear will be transformed into a beautiful flower, the fears collected together creating a “fear garden”.

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"Earthkeeping" Series Screening with South Side Projections
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

"Earthkeeping" Series Screening with South Side Projections

WTTW’s 1972-73 series Earthkeeping attempted to address environmental, ecological, and sociological issues of modern urban life through the kind of creative approach that characterized many public TV programs in the early 1970s. In addition to interviews with ecologists and urban planners, economists and activists, it uses skits featuring Second City members including John Belushi and Harold Ramis.

Post-screening discussion with Sean Cusick of Second City

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"What's in a work? Small encounters around the meaning of labour with Artist-in-Residence Peggy Pierrot (Open Studio in the Experimental Station Kitchen)
Sep
11
to Sep 12

"What's in a work? Small encounters around the meaning of labour with Artist-in-Residence Peggy Pierrot (Open Studio in the Experimental Station Kitchen)

On Tuesday 9/11 and Wednesday 9/12, 9AM-3PM, our artist-in-residence, Peggy Pierrot, invites you to join for 5-20 minutes to engage in a recorded conversation about what means to be working for you. She will process the recording afterwards and they will be a part of a booklet that she will published on the subject of what is work in 2018. Your contributions will be part of the Chicago chapter of that publication.

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Community Celebration and Conversation for "Resilience For Justice And Healing" Photography Exhibit with Chicago Torture Justice Center
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Community Celebration and Conversation for "Resilience For Justice And Healing" Photography Exhibit with Chicago Torture Justice Center

Join Chicago Torture Justice Center for an exhibition of photographs that showcase both individual and community resilience. All work has been contributed by participants in the Summer Photo Voice Workshop. Monica Chadha will facilitate a group conversation with attendees.

"Police violence has a profound impact on our families and communities. We must find ways not only to survive these injustices, but summon strength and joy to cope with them."

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"Resilience For Justice And Healing" Photography Exhibit with Chicago Torture Justice Center
Aug
19
to Sep 15

"Resilience For Justice And Healing" Photography Exhibit with Chicago Torture Justice Center

An exhibition of photographs that showcase both individual and community resilience. All work has been contributed by participants in the Summer Photo Voice Workshop organized by Chicago Torture Justice Center

"Police violence has a profound impact on our families and communities. We must find ways not only to survive these injustices, but summon strength and joy to cope with them."

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"Invisible: Imprints of Racism" Dance Performance and Discussion by beheard.world
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

"Invisible: Imprints of Racism" Dance Performance and Discussion by beheard.world

An hour-long piece that explores the embedded psychosocial and racial challenges that permeate life in America. This deeply thoughtful and multidimensional production features nine dancers who mesh various styles of movement to create a kinesthetic language influenced Hip Hop and modern dance. Merged with this dynamic group of dancers is a trio of Boston’s top poets whose stories weave simultaneously alongside the movement. The work is followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience.

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"Tinted Lens: A View Through the Black Experience" Documentary Film and Facilitated Discussion
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

"Tinted Lens: A View Through the Black Experience" Documentary Film and Facilitated Discussion

Amateur documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur, Brittany Hogan, owner of Britt Brand, interviewed friends, folks from her church, and people of interest found through facebook to capture perspectives of the Black experience. The resulting documentary "offers a glimpse into our realities while making a few personal discoveries along the way." The film, and facilitated conversation, ask if it is possible to have future experiences that are not "tinted" by the trauma of past experiences of racism.

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"Blackstone Summer" Block Party with Youth for Black Lives
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

"Blackstone Summer" Block Party with Youth for Black Lives

Youth for Black Lives hosts their first block party in collaboration with Blackstone Bike Works, Experimental Station, Porscha James’ “PrivatetheBrand” Back To School Project, and Fortune Management! “Blackstone Summer” combines Youth for Black Lives’ past youth teach-ins with live music, food, information and services provided by other organizations, and festive activities.

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August 11th Farmers Market
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

August 11th Farmers Market

At the market you can expect to find: fruits, veggies, bread, eggs, cheese, meats, baked goods, baby greens and lettuces. As well as prepared seasonal food, veggie burgers, soups, preserves, honey, cider, salsa, sauces, and prepared food (crepes and more).

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"Are Aldermen Keeping the City Segregated?" - City Bureau's Public Newsroom #73
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

"Are Aldermen Keeping the City Segregated?" - City Bureau's Public Newsroom #73

Are Chicago aldermen using their aldermanic prerogative to keep neighborhoods segregated? That’s what a recent report co-authored by the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law suggests. 

Patricia Fron, CAFHA Executive Director, and Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice at the Shriver Center, join us to break down the report, “A City Fragmented: How Race, Power, and Aldermanic Prerogative Shape Chicago’s Neighborhoods”.

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August 4th Farmers Market
Aug
4
9:00 AM09:00

August 4th Farmers Market

At the market you can expect to find: fruits, veggies, bread, eggs, cheese, meats, baked goods, baby greens and lettuces. As well as prepared seasonal food, veggie burgers, soups, preserves, honey, cider, salsa, sauces, and prepared food (crepes and more).

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"Visualizing Racial Justice" Series - presentations of spoken word, dance, documentary film, photography, writing with facilitated conversations
Jul
30
to Sep 15

"Visualizing Racial Justice" Series - presentations of spoken word, dance, documentary film, photography, writing with facilitated conversations

A month-long exploration of the Black experience of race, racism, and police violence through spoken word, dance, documentary film, photography, and writing. These mediums aid in visualizing personal and communal experiences of both racial injustice and justice. Conversations facilitated with audiences at each event are aimed to share perspectives and produce strategies we, as individuals and as a community, can use to combat racism.

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