America: Now and Here

Semi-trailer truck to deliver message to Chicagoans: NATIONAL TOUR DEMONSTRATES HOW ART CAN UNIFY AMERICA

A national tour to promote the use of the arts to spur dialogue and creativity is coming to town.  From Nov. 4-13, 2011, the “America: Now and Hereproject will host a series of programs intended to engage Chicago artists, cultural leaders, and citizens in a national movement that aims to build a more civil society through engagement with art.

The truck, wrapped by the work of artist Barbara Kruger, will spark conversations as part of America; Now and Here. See below for Chicago schedule.

America: Now and Here” is the vision of acclaimed artist Eric Fischl who is on a quest to demonstrate the value of active involvement in the arts beyond traditional venues. Building on recent success in in Kansas City, the Chicago visit by America: Now and Here is intended to lay groundwork for a dynamic  cross-country tour in 2012.


Schedule of events for the 2011 Chicago installment of “America: Now and Here”:

Kruger Truck Program and Tour – November 3 – 10

A full sized tractor-trailer wrapped by the work of celebrated artist Barbara Kruger will tour the Chicagoland area. The Kruger Truck can be viewed at the following locations (schedule subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 4 – 8am-9pm:  Jane Addams Hull House and UIC Campus-900 S. Halsted

Saturday, Nov. 5 – 8am-6pm:  8am-1pm-Auburn Gresham Community- Thurgood Marshall , Public Library at 7605 S. Racine; 1-6pm-Greater Auburn Gresham Development, Corporation corner of 79th and Racine.

Sunday, Nov. 6- 9am-1pm: Perry Mansion Cultural Center in Englewood –7042 S. Perry

2-5pm: Park at 63rd and Lake Shore Drive

Monday, Nov. 7 – 8-5pm: Museum Campus (next to Field Museum)

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – 8-5pm: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark

Wednesday, Nov. 9 – 8am-9pm:  Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell

The America: Now and Here experience in Chicago will be documented by a youth media team from Free Spirit Media, based in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, for ANH social media and web content. Free Spirit Media artists will accompany the truck, engaging audiences in discussion around the Kruger slogans. These exchanges and interviews will be shared with the greater ANH online community through social media and the ANH website.

American Dialogues

The signature America: Now and Here (ANH) program to take place in Chicago this week and next will be the American Dialogues.  This program brings artists “to the table” with civic, business and cultural leaders for thoughtful conversations about timely issues and compelling ideas relevant to America and our shared future together.  ANH will offer a series of American Dialogues in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jane Addams Hull House, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, Hyde Park Art Center, University of Chicago, the ReBuild Foundation and Columbia College Chicago:

November 4 – Jane Addams Hull House Museum 5:30-6:00 reception; 6:00-8:00 pm conversation:

A New Social Dialogue – Art in Community: People and Place.  Dawoud Bey, facilitator; Jason Reblando, photographer; Lisa Lee, Executive Director, Hull House; Kathleen Dickhut, Deputy Commissioner City of Chicago, Dept of Housing and Economic Development; Indira Johnson, artist, Founder, the Ten Thousand Ripples Project; Dorothy Dunn, Director, America: Now and Here.

November 13 – Hyde Park Arts Center, 1-5pm:

Symposium: The Home in/as Community .  Facilitated by Dawoud Bey, Chicago Artistic Director, America: Now and Here,” as part of his exhibition “No Place Like Home.”  Panelists include Iker Gil, Director and founder of MAS-Studio; Dr. Bradford Hunt, Professor of Social Science, Roosevelt University: Natalie Moore, reporter for NPR-WBEZ in Chicago; Emmanuel Pratt, Urban Agriculture expert/media artist/Director of Aquaponics, Chicago State University and resident Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center; David Schalliol, photographer and sociologist.

Additional American Dialogues by invitation will explore  the role of art as a catalyst for conversation and community action, artists as leaders, and re-imagining place and feature Eric Fischl in conversation with  Michelle Boone, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago; Dawoud Bey, photographer; Erika Hanner, Director of Convergent Partnerships, and Interim Education Director at MCA; Jan Tichy, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and Creator of Project Cabrini Green, Theaster Gates, Director of Art and Public Life, University of Chicago and Founder, ReBuild Foundation; David Schalliol, photographer and sociology professor, University of Chicago, documenter of the Bloomingdale Trail project in Chicago; Beth White, Chicago Director, Trust for Public Land; Rebecca Zorach, Assoc. Professor of Art History, University of Chicago.

Film Screening:

November 9 – Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, 6:30-9:00 pm

In partnership with Howard Tullman and the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, ANH will offer an evening of films, including a 90-minute series of shorts curated by the Tribeca Film Festival with the theme, “A Better Life.”    This series will be followed by excerpts from the recently released and highly acclaimed Kartemquin Films documentary, “The Interrupters” with the film’s Community Engagement Specialist, L. Anton Seals,Jr., and one of the film’s stars, the Interrupter, Ricardo “Cobe” Williams.  Also present will be filmmaker and Executive Director of Percolator Films, Ines Sommer, and the conversation will be moderated by America: Now and Here’s Chicago Regional Director, Julie F. Simpson.  The screening will offer a platform to begin to engage film students in creating new work for America: Now and Here through the Artist Corps program and to invite Chicago filmmakers to produce a series for 2012.

Artist Corps

Young and emerging Chicago-area artists, in partnership with Columbia College and the Art Institute of Chicago, will be invited to participate in America: Now and Here programs. In their own right as artists, they will have the opportunity to creatively respond to the ANH mission by submitting art work (visual art, film, play, poetry, music) for possible inclusion on the ANH website.  Artist Corps will facilitate ANH programs during the inaugural 2012 tour.

America: Now and Here in Chicago is supported in part by the Crown Family Philanthropies and by individual contributions. The Kruger truck wrapping was generously underwritten by Mary Boone Gallery, NYC. Support for The Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition, “No Place Like Home,” and symposium The Home in/as Community is provided by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.