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  • ICAA Record ID
    867431
    AUTHOR
    Chicago Artists’ Coalition
    TITLE
    Chicago Show Jury Process Compromised
    IMPRINT
    [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.d.]
    DESCRIPTION
    [2] leaves
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Loose leaf – Press Release
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Chicago Artists' Coalition. "Chicago Show Jury Process Compromised." Press statement. National Museum of Mexican Art Collection, Julian Samora Library at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend.
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Synopsis

In this statement, the Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC) voices its objection to the mid-competition change of rules and procedures for selecting artists for The Chicago Show. It calls the organizers’ decision to add an invitational component to what was originally conceived of as an all-juried show: “jury-mandering.” They state that this change was unfair to all artists, especially the 20 whose works were not originally selected by the jury. They were subsequently invited to exhibit based on their status as people of color so that the exhibition's stated goal of showcasing cultural diversity could be achieved. The CAC states it supported exhibitions that reflect diversity, but questions how a blind jury could select for diversity without knowing the artists’ identities and suggested diversity would be better achieved through a curated show.

Annotations

This statement written by the Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC) was drafted in response to The Chicago Art Show organizers’ decision to add an invitational component to what was supposed to be a blind-juried exhibition when it became apparent that artists of color were not going to be adequately represented. They distributed this statement at the exhibition, which was presented at the Chicago Cultural Center (the Department of Cultural Affairs) in 1990, which co-organized it with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Researcher
Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Courtesy of Carlos Tortolero and the Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, Il