50x50 Invitational / The Subject is Chicago: People, Places, Possibilities

February 11–April 9, 2017

Chicago Cultural Center, Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North

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 Hey You! Yeah You! (Alberto Aguilar, Call to Awareness, 2016, Sign paint on butcher paper)(click on image to enlarge)

Alberto Aguilar, Call to Awareness, 2016, Sign paint on butcher paper


Six distinguished artists and curators, Miguel Aguilar, Janice Bond, Jesse Lee Cochran, Tempestt Hazel, Nicole Marroquin and Tricia Van Eck selected one artist from each of Chicago’s fifty wards, in order to engage a broad cross-section of Chicago artists, few of whom have exhibited previously at the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition yielded works in painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture and design, and demonstrates the diverse perspectives on life in Chicago.


Exhibiting Artists

  • Alberto Aguilar
  • Paola Aguirre & Sara Pooley
  • Hana L. Anderson
  • Nikki Anderson
  • Rene Arceo
  • Doris Barnes
  • Philip Berkman
  • Christine Bespalec-Davis
  • Iwona Biedermann
  • Rose Blouin
  • William Camargo
  • Vanessa Chambers with Terrance Butler & Pearlina Freeman
  • Derrick Collins
  • Meg Duguid
  • Bill Eller
  • Terry Evans
  • Victoria Fuller
  • Stacey Lee Gee
  • Yhelena & Michael Hall
  • Eric Hotchkiss
  • Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks & Mathew Wilson)
  • Frank Ishman
  • Tonika Johnson
  • Barbara Karant
  • Mariah Karson
  • Sam Kirk
  • Jenny Lam
  • Jeff Lassahn
  • Jin Lee
  • Sandra Leonard
  • Anthony Lewellen
  • Norman Long
  • Yvette Mayorga
  • Monica Rezman
  • Justus Roe
  • Cassie Rogala
  • Missy Rosa
  • Matthew Schlagbaum
  • Alyssa Schukar
  • Cecilia Sulkowski (City Alive Art)
  • Leonard Suryajaya
  • Connie Toebe
  • Joanne Vena
  • Rafael E. Vera
  • Everett Williams
  • Fo Wilson & Joelle Mercedes
  • Sadie Woods
  • Derrick Woods-Morrow
  • Marvin Young
  • Yuge Zhou & Stephen Farrell


Public Programs

Activation of Meg Duguid's "Production with Models (Chicago after the explosion)"

February 25, 12–12:45pm

Part of the Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Open House


Gallery Talk with jurors Janice Bond and Jessica Cochran

Thursday, March 23, 5–6pm

Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North


Panel discussion about the process and exhibition with jurors Miguel Aguilar, Janice Bond, Jessica Cochran, Tempestt Hazel, and Nicole Marroquin

Sunday, March 26, 2–4pm

Millennium Park Room, 5th Floor South

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