Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    1075517
    TITLE
    The Chicago Show : news, views, commentary
    IMPRINT
    [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.d.]
    DESCRIPTION
    [42] p.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Press Packet – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "The Chicago Show: News, Views, Commentary." Press packet for exhibition. City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This press packet is a collection of twenty-nine articles from local and national publications and press releases from Chicago artists’ organizations that convey the controversy surrounding The Chicago Show. Meant as a blind-juried art exhibition, The Chicago Show was restructured as a partly-invitation show when it became evident to the organizers that it was not going to be sufficiently diverse. The headlines suggest the divisive nature of local responses to this exhibition, as well as the level of debate it provoked about the issues around the lack of representation artists of color found in mainstream museums.

Annotations

This press packet, with a selection of photocopies of press releases and articles from newspapers and magazines that related to the controversial The Chicago Show, was compiled by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and distributed to artists. The Chicago Show began as a juried art exhibition intended to spotlight the talent and cultural diversity of Chicago-area artists. However, when the blind jury failed to select a sufficiently assorted group, twenty artists of color were invited to participate. A boycott of the show was averted when organizers agreed not to indicate the twenty artists of color who were invited and not selected by the blind jury. Show organizers also agreed to issue an official apology and to enter into a dialogue about minority artists’ concerns.

Researcher
Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA