The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 2020 Dialogue series will kick off February 12 with an ‘Open Dialogue’ discussion between award-winning journalist Britt Julious and Native American Sicangu Lakota rapper, songwriter, and activist Frank Waln (Oyate Teca Obmani) where they will discuss on the topic of Historical Trauma. The lineup of the popular MCA Chicago program that invites artists, thought leaders, and audiences to take part in four discussions on a chosen theme was recently revealed with programming scheduled from February through May. The May event, the last of the 4 for the year, will feature keynote by Pyer Moss designer, Artistic Director of Reebok Studies__ Kerby Jean-Raymond. The designer, who won a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2018 has always infused powerful messages and experiences especially as it related to the black community in his fashion designs and shows. For the Pyer Moss Fall 2018 campaign, its first “American Also” campaign, they shot part of it here in Chicago highlighting subjects like Vic Mensa and those working to affect change in the community, as models.
In addition to the kickoff on Feb. 12 and Kerby Jean-Raymond’s culminating keynote in May, this season of the ‘Dialogue Series’ explores the theme of cultural inheritance and asks what riches, debts, and environmental issues are passed down from one generation to the next. Popular voices such as director Kiran Deol, writer Britt Julious, artist Pope.L, and rapper Frank Waln, contend with issues that resonate in society today, such as migration, capitalism, and global warming, with active participation from the audience. The full lineup of the 2020 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 2020 Dialogue Series is listed below. RSVP asaptually because tickets do sell out fast.
Open Dialogue: Britt Julious and Frank Waln on Historical Trauma
Wednesday, February 12, 6 pm, Free
Renowned for her work addressing social issues such as race, health, education, and music, award-winning journalist Britt Julious and Native American Sicangu Lakota rapper, songwriter, and activist Frank Waln (Oyate Teca Obmani) begin the Dialogue series with an open conversation about inherited trauma, and the ways that the mark of trauma passes on from older generations to their children.
Dialogue Forum: Not your parents’ migration story
Kiran Deol, Jordan Nassar, and Kenyatta Hinkle
Tuesday, March 10, 6 pm, Free with reservation
MCA Edlis Neeson Theater
The series continues on the topic of generational experiences with a focus on migration stories. Speakers including comedian and director Kiran Deol and artists Jordan Nassar and Kenyatta Hinkle contend with individual migration stories in different ways using imagination, visualization, and storytelling. The discussion touches on the ways different experiences of migration across generations informs our lives and relationships in social contexts.
Open Dialogue: Generational Inequality and the Environment with Pope.L
Sunday, April 19, 2 pm, Free with reservation
Coinciding with the 50 year anniversary of Earth Day, this open conversation allows visitors to discuss the environmental issues being inherited by the next generation. Informed by his work Flint Water Project, artist Pope.L invites collaborators from Flint, Michigan, who are dealing first-hand with the water crisis and local environmental activists including, artist Jenny Kendler, to envision an alternate future for children to inherit.
Dialogue Keynote: Kerby Jean-Raymond
Wednesday, May 20, 6 pm, Free with reservation
MCA Edlis Neeson Theater
Kerby Jean-Raymond is an American fashion designer who uses his label, Pyer Moss, as a vehicle to address larger concerns in society. His ‘American, Also’ collection series was recognized for its powerful messages and groundbreaking fashion shows. In addition to designing for his label and Reebok, Raymond has collaborated with several brands including Sean John and Fubu. Raymond addresses the audience with a keynote presentation on inheriting creative legacies and leads an immersive discussion that imagines our collective future.
Tickets for the Dialogue Series are free and can be reserved through the MCA Box Office by phone at 312.397.4010 or via www.mcachicago.org with major support provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein, Zell Family Foundation, and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund. Generous support is provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation, and Caryn and King Harris.
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