April 2017

Open Engagement | Chicago

In conjunction with Open Engagement, Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part Two) will expand this platform by curating an exhibition and developing public programs situated within Chicago’s historical and contemporary context. Present Futures hopes to build from Chicago’s historical legacy, including its importance as a Northern city of refuge during the Great Migration, its role in the Civil Rights Movement, and the impact its Black Panther Party. It also looks to its contemporary activist movements such as BLM Chicago and BYP100, as well as its significance as a symbolic site for change where President Obama’s presidential candidacy began and where it will be commemorated through his presidential library.

Organized by Teal Baskerville, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Kathy Cho, Lynnette Miranda, Henry Murphy, and Anthony D. Stepter.