Raisin

September 17 - December 18, 2021 @ 6018North

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021

The 6018North house museum is pleased to announce RAISIN, an exhibition exploring themes from the classic play A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Chicago-born writer Lorraine Hansberry. 

Featuring artworks created by Chicago and international artists, the exhibition offers local and global perspectives on “home.” 
RAISIN opens September 17 as a proud partner of the Chicago Architecture Biennial as part of the fourth edition The Available City
Curator: Asha Iman Veal
Curatorial Assistants: Shannon Lin and Esraa
Exhibition Associate: Alexis Brocchi 
Graduate Curatorial Assistant: Ruby Dudasik
6018North Team: Tricia Van Eck and Nathan Abhalter Smith

Featured Artists

Kioto Aoki (Chicago) / Coletivo Anastácia Berlin (Berlin) / Jared Brown (Chicago) 

Marina Viola Cavadini (Milan) / Amy Sanchez Arteaga + Misael Diaz (Cog•nate Collective) (So. California)  

Işıl Eğrikavuk (Berlin) / Max Guy (Chicago) / Kyle Bellucci Johanson (Chicago) 

Kierah Kiki King (Chicago) / Diya Khurana (Mumbai) / Kat Liu (Chicago) / AJ McClenon (Chicago) 

Ilja Clemens Melzer (Berlin) / Joelle Mercedes (Chicago) / Chip Moody (Chicago) / Joseph Mora (Chicago) 

Nahum, Ale de la Puente, Juan José Díaz Infante, and Tania Candiani (Mexico City and Berlin)

 zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal (Chicago) / Alessia Petrolito (Turin)

 Delilah Salgado (Chicago) / Aaron Samuels (Los Angeles) / Rohan Ayinde Smith (London) 

Brett Swinney (Chicago) / Maryam Taghavi (Chicago) / Gloria Talamantes (Chicago) / 

Tran Tran (Chicago) / Unyimeabasi Udoh (Chicago) / Nayeli Vega (Berlin) / Amanda Williams (Chicago)

Jakob Wirth (Berlin) / Tintin Wulia (Australia) / Zhiyuan Yang (New York) / Nushin Yazdani (Berlin)

An Inspiration

In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway. In this seminal work, Hansberry wrote about the Youngers, a fictional Black American family in Chicago whose late patriarch has left behind a life insurance policy that the family can use to purchase a home and enter the American middle class. Many challenges block this family’s path, and the four adult Youngers debate their options for self-determination within a race-biased country, and whether to move to an affordable yet segregated neighborhood, where they will not be welcome.

In the 1960s, A Raisin in the Sun was translated into 30 languages, and won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award in its debut year. Produced in cities around the world, the play has been bringing solidarity to various struggles against injustice; from residential segregation within the United States, migration politics across Europe, class inequality in China, and apartheid in South Africa. Now, this exhibition presents multidisciplinary artworks inspired by the local importance and global reach of the narrative. 

Asha Iman Veal is a guest curator at 6018North this year, and is a Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Fellow. Asha Iman’s visual critical research for this exhibition began in 2016 with the play’s global productions. She has been interested in Hansberry’s play’s long endurance and wide reach. 

‘A radical Black woman playwright,’ she says, ‘found her excellent work embraced as an arts-based format to encourage dialogues in cities across the world. Even after Hansberry’s death, the span of her narrative has grown over the past sixty years.’

6018North, a house museum within a multicultural neighborhood in a historically segregated city, often explores ideas of home. 6018North director Tricia Van Eck says, 

‘The play and the exhibition ask, ‘Who gets to live where and why?’ Hansberry’s question, over 60 years old, sadly remains relevant as we are still seeing and experiencing the lasting effects of segregation.’

David Brown, this year’s artistic director of Chicago Architecture Biennial, has stated one of his goals of The Available City is “broadening the conversation—as amplified by current issues—about the role that collective space can have in cities around the world today.” 

During the run of the show, there is a unique opportunity for visitors to stay overnight within the RAISIN exhibition: book a room at 6018North.

 

Project funding support for RAISIN has been provided by

The Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Fellowship. The Fellowship, a partnership between The Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, supports rising activists, community leaders and young professionals in turning innovative ideas into tangible solutions reimagining democratic spaces in times of COVID-19. 

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Faculty Enrichment Grants. 

Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Programming partners include: Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021, Public Media Institute + Lumpen Radio, and the National Public Housing Museum. 

 

An additional, huge thank you to all of the many supporters who’ve helped to actualize RAISIN in so many ways! We appreciate your help with tech loans, tours, events, insight, brainstorms, and even more…

Thank you for the generous in-kind support ACRE Projects, LATITUDE Chicago, and Roman Susan Art Foundation.

Asha Iman Veal is a Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Fellow (EU/UK/USA), and is the Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Asha Iman is Assistant Professor Adj. in the Department of Arts Administration & Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she proposed and developed the Being a Woman of Color in the Arts course, in addition to leading several undergraduate and graduate courses in various departments. Her recent exhibitions include: Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part at MoCP (2022); a solo show of work by artist Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021); New Dream Center Program 9 at Hyde Park Art Center (2021). She has been an invited juror for Arts + Public Life at The University of Chicago; Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture at The University of Chicago; Experimental Sound Studio; 3Arts; Arts Work Fund; OxBow; and ACRE. Asha has worked on arts projects or research in Edinburgh, Vietnam, Juárez, Havana, Tokyo, and more; and she was an Associate Festival Producer for playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls (New York). She is a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network (global table), and is a new member of the Board of Heaven Gallery (Chicago). 

Before transitioning full-time into a career in visual contemporary and multidisciplinary arts, Asha formally studied contemporary narrative and literary practices for many years—seeking stories and creative examples that deepen understanding of contemporary multiculturalism. (B.A. The Gallatin School at New York University, M.F.A. The New School, M.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.) 

 

About 6018North:

6018North is an artist-centered, sustainable, non-profit platform and dynamic venue for innovative art and culture in Chicago. We challenge what art is, whom it’s for, and where and how it’s created. 6018North champions the creation of adventurous work that connects multiple disciplines and audiences while promoting artistic excellence. We support emerging and established local and international artists to create innovative, multidisciplinary work that connects artists and audiences in transformative ways. As a nimble lab for incubating, modeling, and experimenting, we leverage new ways of connecting artists and audiences to advance and sustain artists and Illinois’ creative ecosystem.  

6018North projects are partially supported by 3Arts, the AD3 Innovation Bootcamp Grant, an anonymous donor advised fund at The Chicago Community Foundation, a CityArts Innovation Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Gen Ops Plus Grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Field Foundation of Illinois, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, IL Humanities, the Illinois Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council Youth Employment Grant, the Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations.

RAISIN is a project supported by 6018North’s Mission and Initiative to advance the next generation of Chicago curators, artists, and writers.

Joseph Mora, preparator
Nico Michael, preparator
Curt Miller, preparator
Tricia Van Eck, 6018North founder (photo by Jason Lazarus)
Nathan Abhalter Smith, 6018North exhibition coordinator

Tricia Van Eck is a curator with over 20 years experience, first at the MCA Chicago for 13 years, and then as the founder of 6018North, which empowers multidisciplinary artists to work together and with the public to nurture creativity, build community, and enhance Chicago’s quality of life. 6018North fosters innovation, challenging what art is, whom it’s for, and where and how it is created. Her work at 6018North and across Chicago ranges from large-scale Chicago Architecture Biennale installations to Chicago’s Year of Public Art’s community engaged experiences. At the MCA, Van Eck organized more than 70 exhibitions and programs that encouraged artists to be experimental, audience engaged, and interactive, all of which are the backbone of 6018North’s work. For more info, please visit 6018north.org.

Nathan Abhalter Smith is an exhibition coordinator, and a founding director of Roman Susan Art Foundation. Abhalter Smith has worked on collaborative exhibitions at 6018North, The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Experimental Sound Studio, Leather Archives & Museums, Ralph Arnold Annex, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and other locations. In the past decade he has organized 150+ projects in the Chicagoland area, focusing on public presentation, media, social media, community outreach, and project logistics.