Luminary Artist Kerry James Marshall Shares His Vision of Beauty and Dignity On Chicago’s Cultural Mile
4 December 2017
A new artistic wonder has come to 1000M’s neighborhood in the form of a massive mural celebrating the who’s who of women in Chicago’s art and culture world. The mural, by famed artist, MacArthur Fellow and Chicago resident Kerry James Marshall, is installed on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Garland Court facade, between Washington and Randolph on the city’s renowned Cultural Mile.
The mural which was dedicated to the City of Chicago on Monday, December 4th, was funded by Murals of Acceptance with the goal to bring art to all people in public areas.
Marshall’s mural represents women across the Chicago art spectrum
The noteworthy Chicago women include founders and leaders of internationally known arts organizations, literary icons, creative innovators and longtime supporters of the arts.
Susanne Ghez, Director and Chief Curator for nearly 40 years, The Renaissance Society
Barbara Gaines, Founder and Artistic Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Jacqueline Russell, Founder and Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre
Ruth Page, Dancer, Choreographer and Founder, Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Lois Weisberg, Longest-serving Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Maggie Daley, Longest-serving First Lady of the City of Chicago
Jackie Taylor, Founder and CEO, Black Ensemble Theater
Monica Haslip, Founder and Executive Director, Little Black Pearl
Abena Joan Brown, Founder, eta Creative Arts Foundation
Margaret Burroughs, Founder, DuSable Museum of African American History
Harriet Monroe, Founder, Poetry Magazine
Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Co-founder, Goodman Theatre / Dearborn Homes Youth Drama Workshop
Sandra Delgado, Founding Ensemble Member, Collaboraction
Jane Saks, Founding Director of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute and Project&
Barbara Jones-Hogu, Founding Member, AfriCobra
Gwendolyn Brooks, Literary Icon
Sandra Cisneros, Literary Icon
Achy Obejas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Oprah Winfrey, Cultural Icon
Joan Gray, Dancer and Longtime President of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
The mural, which will be Marshall’s largest yet at 132-foot by 100-foot, is an element of Chicago’s Year of Public Art, which strives to illuminate the city’s vibrant art scene and bring internationally recognized artists to the city.
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