Sunday, December 13 (1-3 p.m.)
Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Ave.
free and open to the public
You're invited to come to Move / Remove // Place / Displace: December Edition at the Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery in Pilsen. This program includes the Casa Aztlan Art Project installation; "More Psychogeography in the Suburbs," a performance by Janina Ciezadlo; and a panel discussion with Robert Valadez, Elvia Rodriguez, Ochoa Rodriguez and Arturo Barrera. Refreshments will be provided.
Casa Aztlan Art Project
The Casa Aztlan Art Project is based on an art lesson that Arturo Barrera developed, and which has been explored by Arturo's fifth grade art students at Pasteur School. This project was inspired by the mural on the facade of the Casa Aztlan building (at the corner of 18th and Racine Streets in Pilsen). Arturo had his students think about what they would do if they were commissioned to design and paint a mural on the building's facade. The artworks that these fifth graders produced are wonderful, colorful and exciting. 61 artworks by students at Pasteur School are currently being exhibited at the Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery.
This panel -- with Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa, Robert Valadez and Arturo Barrera -- will include discussion of Pilsen's cultural identity, with a focus on connections to murals; how murals in Pilsen relate and have responded to gentrification in this neighborhood; how schools can educate CPS students in the history of the Latino Mural Movement in Pilsen; and the Multiuso "Day Without Art" project.
More Psychogeography in the Suburbs
Gentrification does not always mean that people are being pushed out of their neighborhoods and homes. In this piece Janina Ciezadlo is considering the loss of a green space that the surrounding communities tried to preserve for public use handed over to developers in a shady deal with a former city official. She is using the Situationist term 'psychogeography,' because our wanderings take us from the current social and political moment into the Paleozoic era and back again following the ceaseless human and planetary processes of moving and removing, creating and investigating places and displacements.
Move / Remove // Place / Displace: December Edition is part of Move / Remove // Place / Displace, a project co-presented by High Concept Labs, Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery and Borderbend Arts Collective. MRPD explores themes such as gentrification and immigration -- in Pilsen, throughout Chicago, and elsewhere around the world. Aspects of MRPD have included an HCL residency with Chicago-based artist Shir Ende; and Chicago Calling: Move / Remove // Place / Displace (Oct. 10, 2015).