Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s

April 20—August 4, 2024

Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East

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Diana Solís, Flexing our Muscles: Gathering of Friends, Greenview Street, Lakeview, Chicago, IL, 1981, Archival Piezography Print, 30x40”, Photo Courtesy the Artist

(Diana Solís, Flexing our Muscles: Gathering of Friends, Greenview Street, Lakeview, Chicago, IL, 1981, Archival Piezography Print, 30x40”, Photo Courtesy the Artist)

 

Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s presents a range of photographic practices that used the medium as a tool for collectivity and empowerment within interconnected lesbian, trans, and queer grassroots organizing. This exhibition reveals the technologies through which influential image cultures were constructed and circulated. The exhibition presents a range of photographic practices to explore the process of learning within alternative schools, workshops, demonstrations, dance clubs, slideshow presentations, correspondences, and community-based archive projects.

Featured artists and collectives include: Diana Solís, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Lola Flash, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, ART+Positive and the Sexual Minorities Archives, among others. Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s is curated by Ariel Goldberg. The exhibition is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY. The exhibition was originally presented as a FotoFocus exhibition on the occasion of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record September 30, 2022 – February 12, 2023.

 

Programming Schedule

Saturday, April 20

1-4pm
Opening Reception with contributing artists in the Michigan Avenue Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor East
Artists Diana Solís, Lola Flash, Joan E. Biren (JEB ), Frank Franca, Morgan Gwenwald, and Allan Frame will each conduct 15 minute Q&As about their work with the exhibition's curator, Ariel Goldberg

7pm-midnight
Opening Afterparty featuring TRQPiTECA at Dorothy, 2500 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

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7:30-8:30pm
A conversation amongst contributing Images on which to build artists Diana Solís, Lola Flash, Joan E. Biren (JEB ), Frank Franca, Morgan Gwenwald, and Allan Frame facilitated by exhibition curator Ariel Goldberg

TRQPiTECA9pm-midnight
DJ set by Chicago duo TRQPiTECA

Wednesday, June 12

12-1pm
Gallery Talk
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East

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