EXPO CHGO Event at Hairpin Arts Center – Avondale

EXPO CHGO Event at Hairpin Arts Center – Avondale

This week EXPO CHICAGO is bringing 140+ galleries from across the globe right into our backyards. While the main event is being held at Navy Pier, satellite events are scattered all around the city.

Curated by our own Enrique Morales, The Hairpin Arts Center is hosting “Broken Tail Light“. This is the 4th year of EXPO CHICAGO and the first where satellite programming will be happening in the Logan Square/Avondale area.

This show explores the physical and emotional aspects of Race in America: subjugation, imprisonment, forgiveness, and rehabilitation, inviting the viewer to an insight that is both provocative and inspiring. It aims to emote the experience of being trapped, pursued, and embraced. The exhibition moves the viewer from Woodard Plaza, where artists create a live, human-cage/prison cell installation, as the inaugural installation of Activate!, then across the street to the Hairpin Arts Center, for an exhibit of video, sculpture and paintings. Artists: Dorian Allworthy, Cortez Hodges and Julia Pello. Curated by Enrique Morales. The Hairpin Arts Center is a Cultural Partner of EXPO CHICAGO.

Opening Night Reception: 9/18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. as part of EXPO CHICAGO After Hours.

Artist Talk – Saturday, 9/19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Attend this panel discussion featuring artists Dorian Allworthy, Cortez Hodges, Julia Pello and curator, Enrique Morales. Joining the panel will be Illinois State Representative, Will Guzzardi, addressing his work on criminal justice reform and Culture Curator and Arts Advocate, Janice Bond, discussing social justice and the power of healing through art.
Julia Pello’s latest video piece, made for this exhibit, will be showing before the artist talk, 1.30 pm.

The prison cell installation at Woodard Plaza is the inaugural installation for Activate!, an initiative coming out of the Chicago Cultural Plan. The installation features a bunk from a former prison in Illinois. The installation will be up through September 23.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, 9/17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m
Friday, 9/18, 6:00 – 9:00 pm for EXPO CHICAGO After Hours
Saturday, 9/19, 1:00 – 5:30 p.m, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Artist Talk
Sunday, 9/20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Open to the public. Details about the show here:

A special thanks to:
Nick de la Cruz
Roland Stadlmair & Juergen Eberl:
Dario Ramirez: Architectural Consultant
Emily Varlet
Kovy Gong
Katherine Darnstadt: Latent Design
Northwest Arts Connection
Amy Milroy and David Westlake

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State Senator Iris Martinez



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