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Lecture: “Mercy, Mercy Me”: How African American Artists Addressed the Environment

February 15, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


“Mercy, Mercy Me”: How African American Artists Addressed the Environment

From earthworks to recycled art, an increasing number of African American artists have turned their creative energies to exploring the earth, its resources, and issues of sustainability and social justice. Artist Juarez Hawkins will explore the myriad ways several artists addressed the environment in their work, including Martin Puryear (born 1941, Washington, DC), Chakaia Booker (born 1953, Newark, NJ), and Candace Hunter (born circa 1955, Chicago, IL).

Tickets: Free; donations are accepted. Space is limited; if you register and are no longer able to make it, please let us know so we can open up the ticket.

Accommodations: If you’d like to request accommodations, please contact Tiye Johnson at On the registration form, there is also a spot to indicate if you’d like to request an accommodation. Please submit requests at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program.

Registration closes Wednesday April 12th at 12pm Central Time

This program is made possible in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts at Prince Charitable Trusts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, DCASE and CIBC.


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