Art and Allies in the Struggle for Social Justice

Thursday, November 21 • Free Admission • 5–7pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

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Edgar Miller’s Handmade Homes and the Era of Lucy Montgomery (1969-1985)

Interior of Kogen-Miller apt - cast of Streetcorner Theater rehearsing 1970s
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By the 1960s and 70s, Edgar Miller’s Interwar Era handmade homes in Old Town had cultivated and grown into a neighborhood full of artists, bohemian social life, and political radicalism. One of the Glasner Studio’s most important residents, Lucy Montgomery, organized and fought for human rights throughout the Civil Rights Era in the United States, and used her artistic home as a meeting place and safe house for counterculture activities. This program will uncover and illuminate lost histories of social and political activism that originated in and passed through Edgar Miller’s artist colonies in Old Town during the 20th century. Highlighting the power of Miller's magical built environments to inspire leaders and creators through generations, the program will ask the public, scholars and preservationists to look beyond the aesthetic brilliance of Edgar Miller’s work to better understand the social change that was inspired by the radicalism of Miller’s architecture.


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