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Marking the opening of African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race, this symposium gathers scholars and design practitioners who address all aspects of design in African American life. While the exhibition celebrates the works of Chicago-based graphic artists in fields ranging from sign-painting to doll-making, the symposium goes beyond Chicago and beyond the graphic arts in order to take stock of current work in the field and to explore new directions for research and practice. As they advance new narratives and methodologies that grasp the history of African American design, speakers illuminate critical problems at the intersection of art, politics, and everyday life.
Friday, November 2, 5–6pm: Opening Keynote Address
Friday, November 2, 6:30–8:30pm: Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday, November 3, 9:30–10:30am: Print and Power
Saturday, November 3, 10:45–11:45am: Commerce and Community
Saturday, November 3, 1–2pm: Aesthetics and Being
Saturday, November 3, 2:15–3:15pm: Canons and Archives
Saturday, November 3, 3:30–4:30pm: Closing Keynote