Date(s) - Thursday, February 22, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presented by: Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change - Reimagining Masculinities Dialogue Initiative
In honor of Black History Month, the exhibit is a series of watercolor portraits of African American boys and young men with accompanying shoes on boxes. These boysand young men were incarcerated and reminded the artist of his son whom had been incarcerated. They committed similar crimes and even looked like his son. Creating the portraits supported the artists’ emotional healing through the trauma of interacting with the Department of Corrections.
The Englewood Boys exhibit, with accompanying Reimagining Masculinities Initiative dialogue, were brought to UIC because of its connection to multiple centers of CCUSC and the opportunity it provides to delve into conversations about men and masculinity. We wanted to engage the campus and community in conversations and dialogues around race, parenthood, the prison industrial complex, representing people in art, and other social issues. We invite you to interact with the portraits and consider the following questions:
- Have you ever thought what it would be like to walk in another persons shoes?
- How would you want to be represented by an artist?
- Is there a particular portrait that you are drawn to? What draws you to that image?
- What else do these images bring up for you around your own identities and experiences?
Exhibit open now through February 28th.
On February 22, 3–5pm, join us as we host a public artist talk and dialogue to explore the themes of fatherhood, masculinity, and the prison industrial complex. Light refreshments provided.