Exhibition directory for African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race


The exhibition took place October 27, 2018—March 3, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center

From the Exhibition Directory:

This exhibition features only a small selection of African American designers who were active in Chicago during the twentieth century. We know of about two hundred more from census records and newspaper accounts; there are no doubt hundreds more who did not rise to public notice but whose work nevertheless sustained the larger field of everyday design activity in Chicago. This directory is meant to highlight the individuals featured in the show but also to give a sense of the wider collective story of which they were a part. (Birth and death dates in parenthesis if known.)


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