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Eclipsing Closing, Reading at BING, and Afterparty at CEX

16 March, 19:00-23:00

Join us for special festivities on the Arts Block in celebration of the conclusion of the ECLIPSING exhibition and performance festival. FREE (301-307 E Garfield Blvd)

7:00-9:00 PM
Arts Incubator Gallery

8:00–9:00 PM
BING Art Books

9:00-11:00 PM
Currency Exchange Café

Closing Reception + Performance
7:00-9:00 PM | Arts Incubator Gallery (301 E Garfield Blvd)
The Eclipsing exhibition closing kicks off at the Arts Incubator with a reception and durational performance by Alejandro T. Acierto, “Rehearsal for the building of mutual support, or, the display of persistence in a moment of silencing through the continual act of presence and becoming.”

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He is an Artist in Residence in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University, a 3Arts awardee, and has shown his work internationally at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, MCA Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago among others. A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Acierto holds an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, and a BM from DePaul University.

Exhibition Catalogue Release + Reading
8:00-9:00 PM | BING Art Books (307 E Garfield Blvd)
Celebrate the release of the Eclipsing exhibition catalogue with selected readings by Jared Brown and Alia Walston.

Jared Brown is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. In recent work, Jared has been broadcasting audio and text based work through the radio (CENTRAL AIR RADIO, 88.5 FM), in live DJ sets, and on social media. They consider themselves a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah’s description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, Jared Brown makes archeological digs for fragments of black American subculture, history and technology. Jared repurposes these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital, immaterial space. Jared Brown is interested in exposing complexities within black American subculture. They consider these gaps and slippages as a type of code that holds the key to a personal and collective future. Jared Brown holds a BFA in video from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Daughter of Chicago and High Priestess of the stars, Alia Walston dedicates her tarot practice to filling gaps in our self-knowledge with advice on healthful living. As a tarot reader and astrologer, she focuses on providing advice on developing practical healthy habits through encouraging a deep examination of the soul and the symbolic cycles of life, death, and rebirth. She’s the ideal guide for the journey the Fool in each of us makes.

As an art administrator, her career in the arts began during her studies in Art History at Oberlin College. She is currently the External Partnerships and Programs Manager at The Chicago High School for the Arts, working as the liaison between the school and arts partners throughout the city.

9:00-11:00 PM | Currency Exchange Café (305 E Garfield Blvd)
The festivities continue with DJ Hijo Pródigo and performance by Petty Crocker.

DJ Hijo Pròdigo is the sound identity of the Philadelphia born/Chicago based DJ, Justin Ignatius Mitchell. Influenced by dance music at an early age, Mitchell’s sound reflects the diasporic sounds found in communities of color across the world. Their work also serves to contribute to a sonic and physical dialogue regarding queer spirituality, the folly of masculinity, and the nihilism of nightlife. Hijo Pròdigo is currently working on new ways of existing and has found a platform to access their potential in the Chicago born FUTUREHOOD music label/ artist collective.

IG: hij0pr0dig0 | http:/futurehood.net

Itunuoluwa Ebijimi (aka Petty Crocker aka The Wife of Wrath) is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and shea butter entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois. She is the current sole owner and operator of “Petty Butter,” an all natural line cosmetics line featuring shea butter mixes, blacksoaps, and more. Ebijimi’s artistic and business practices integrate mediums such as photography, fashion, and performance with cultural histories of west-Africa/ the Afro-diaspora, natural beauty/skincare, and decolonial theories. Ebijimi explores themes of Blackness, femininity, queerness, and post-colonial community-building. She has performed and exhibited work throughout the city of Chicago, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 400, Berlin Nightclub, Smartbar, and various apartment galleries. You can find Itunuoluwa Ebijimi and Petty Butter at http://www.pettybutter.com.

The ECLIPSING FESTIVAL converged around the first lunar eclipse in January, 2018. Continuing through March 16, a constellation of events, workshop series, performance festival, vegan marketplace and performative lecture and experiences and exhibitions were hosted by Chicago art organizations Arts and Public Life, Links Hall, and Threewalls. Learn more by visiting http://www.eclipsing.info/.

Arts and Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, builds creative connections on Chicago’s South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. We envision a robust, collaborative, and meaningful relationship between the University of Chicago and the South Side’s vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic communities. Learn more at http://arts.uchicago.edu/apl.

Arts + Public Life events are wheelchair accessible. Contact us for assistance at 773.702.9724 or by email at artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu.

Questions? Contact Nikki Patin at npatin@uchicago.edu.



16 March
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Links Hall


Arts and Public Life
301 E Garfield Blvd
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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