Event—Scholarly Seminars

Daniel Schulman, Chicago Cultural Center

Exhibiting African American Design in Chicago


Exhibiting African American Design in Chicago

"African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race" on view at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 27, 2018 to March 3, 2019, explores how African American designers in Chicago worked across different media and practices to define a role for African Americans in the design professions. Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, the exhibition is the first ever to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in a major hub of American advertising/consumer culture.

Respondent: Romi Crawfiord, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.