reviews

  • Howardena Pindell, Astronomy: Saturn, Neptune, 2006, ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper, 9 1/2 x 11 3/4".

    Howardena Pindell

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

    Howardena Pindell is an iconic figure: Well known for her sui generis paintings as well as for her feminist classic, the twelve-minute video Free, White, and 21 (1980)—which catalogues systemic racial hatred through the lens of personal experience—she was also a trailblazer, an art-world activist in her role as the first black curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and as the only woman of color in the group of feminists who established Artists in Residence (A.I.R.) Gallery in New York in 1972. This long-overdue retrospective, organized by Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel

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  • A. Laurie Palmer, Sensing Connection to the Time Left (detail), 2018, fabric, thread, steel cable, hardware. Installation view. Photo: James Prinz.

    A. Laurie Palmer

    Iceberg Projects

    The Rogers Park community borders Evanston, Illinois, on Chicago’s far north side. In 1992, the collective Haha, comprised of artists A. Laurie Palmer, Wendy Jacob, John Ploof, and Richard House, initiated a project in a Rogers Park storefront that involved growing hydroponic vegetables and herbs for people with HIV. The project was called Flood. In addition to serving as a distribution point for meals and produce, the storefront functioned for three years as a hub for educational activities and alternative therapies. Not far from Flood’s former Greenleaf Street location is the noncommercial

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