remember….i went on a trip to the boundary waters in Minnesota with a group of girls from a school i taught at. I went as their mentor, but i feel like i was looking up to them. Coming back to chicago, i realize how haunted i am by that trip. it changed me. i want to go back. i try to keep the things i learned from trip with me everyday…
put this in front of Dyett High School, which cps is planning to shut down. This is the last neighborhood public school in Bronzeville, a neighborhood in the south side of chicago. Jitu Brown encouraged the community of the school to fight for their school, saying “When we stomp, the world will shake.”
I was finally able to stop by gallery F to see the Nice One and lady Lucx show yesterday! It’s called “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and it closes July 13. So many things on display….found objects, toy like take alongs, photographs of their paintings on the streets. It is worth seeing!
my heart sounded.
weathered and broken
Chicago artist Theaster Gates, and his advice to the graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago:
"I worked for years, and no one was really interested. I’m standing here before you at 40 and it’s only been the last four years that there’s been public acknowledgment of the work that I do. And, so…what do you do between the ages of 22 and 36? Well…you continue to care. you continue to try to find a motivation that is internal and that it’s a striving that has less to do with the market and less to do with the audience and more to do with the calling. That thing has to be internal first, or you’ll leave art…you’ll feel like you’ve failed. “
“Artists should believe deeply in the things that we make…believe deeply in the things around us…”
“In the absence of an external driver. On the days where no one’s interested. Remember why you make.”
Theaster Gates Commencement Speech, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. May, 2014.