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Where the Future Came From

Edited by Meg Duguid

Chicago is distinctive as a longstanding hub for artist-run culture. Collective projects propelled by artists have been and continue to be the lifeblood of Chicago’s scene. Where the Future Came From expands upon previous research into this realm by refocusing the narrative around the work of women and women-identified makers from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Active contributors to the city’s thriving art scene throughout its history, these artists have long defined how we create and organize collaborative work, on not only a local but also a national level.

This book documents a 2018-2019 open-source participatory exhibition, symposium, and series of accompanying programs at Columbia College Chicago that explored the roles of feminism and intersectionality in approaching this history. In addition to a detailed chronology of almost 50 alternative spaces and projects spanning from 1880 to 2020, transcripts and related material from 18 presentations by artists, organizers, curators, and historians offer personal as well as scholarly accounts of feminist cultural work, much of which has not been chronicled before. A series of commissioned essays further investigate the issues raised and highlight the value of continued research and discussion. Where the Future Came From reveals a dynamic continuum of practices in Chicago’s artist-run culture, shaping a critical conversation that places women and women-identified organizers at the core of the art world in Chicago and beyond.

 

With contributions by Tracey Jean Boisseau, Estelle Carol, Daisy Yessenia Zamora Centeno, Carol Crandall, Mary Ellen Croteau, Jory Drew, Meg Duguid, Courtney Fink, Luz Magdaleno Flores, Jeffreen M Hayes, Tempestt Hazel, Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Sam Kirk, Rana Liu, Sharmili Majmudar, Nicole Marroquin, Meida McNeal, Beate Minkovski, Lani Montreal, Neysa Page-Lieberman, Melissa Potter, Amina Ross, Jennifer Scott, Kate Sierzputowski, Jennifer Sova, Gloria Talamantes, Kate Hadley Toftness, Arlene Turner-Crawford, and Lynne Warren

 

 

 

 

 

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