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809 | Artists as Activists
809 | Artists as Activists

credit Mayumi Lake (Reynolds), William DeShazer (Rakowitz)

Saturday, November 7 | 2-4 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall
800 S Halsted St | Chicago, IL | 60607
  • Members: $5
  • Public: $5
  • Students and Teachers: $5

CHF continues its examination of Jane Addam’s legacy of art and activism with an in-depth, intimate conversation with Chicago-based artists who make works of art that intervene in social situations. Gather with Laurie Jo Reynolds, Michael Rakowitz, Silvia I. Gonzalez, and fellow festivalgoers in the historic Hull-House dining and meeting room for a wide-ranging, lively conversation in the style of settlement meetings of the past – hosted by Lisa Yun Lee and Shannon Jackson.

This program recognizes a generous multiyear grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the United States for national and international audiences.


Silvia Gonzalez is a teaching artist from Chicago that has collaborated in local artist collectives such as Hyde Park Dacha and 96 Acres, and has experience teaching and organizing community arts based programming for Woman Made Gallery's 20 Neighborhoods Project in Albany Park, Northwestern Academy, The Art Institute's Ryan Education Teacher Programs, and Street Level Youth Media. Her current work engages community social justice praxis within the classroom by creating zines designed to engage youth around themes of police violence, power and architecture, labor rights, imagination, play, freedom, and confinement.

Shannon Jackson is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Her books include Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity, Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity, and the forthcoming, The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater. Currently she is creating an edited collection of keywords in contemporary art and performance, and is working on a book on cross-art coalition with the working title, The Way We Perform Now.

Lisa Yun Lee is the Director of the School of Art & Art History, a visiting curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is also the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society. She researches and writes about museums and diversity, cultural and environmental sustainability, and spaces for fostering radically democratic practices.

Michael Rakowitz is Chicago-based artist and Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan. His solo exhibition, The worst condition is to pass under a sword which is not one’s own was on view at Tate Modern in London in 2010. He is currently working on a new commission for the 14th Istanbul Biennial.

Laurie Jo Reynolds is an artist, policy advocate and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was the organizer for Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots legislative campaign to reform, and then close, Tamms supermax prison, courageously shuttered by Governor Pat Quinn in 2013. As a Soros Justice Fellow, Reynolds researched best practices to stop sexual abuse and reduce recidivism. Reynolds is a Creative Capital grantee, a Blade of Grass Foundation Fellow, and the recipient of Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.


  • Terra Foundation Series on American Art
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