Bending Light

Opening: Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 12 – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 10 – Apr 27, 2024

3831 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) invites you to the opening reception of Bending Light, curated by Paul Branton, featuring artists EDO (Eddie Santana), Courtney Collins, Robert Clark Lewis, Pearlie Taylor, Bryant Lamont, and Paul Branton. 



Bending Light invites you to experience color not just as a visual spectacle but as a powerful conduit for reflection and dialogue. Echoing curator and artist Paul Branton, What does it truly mean to be colored in America? This question approaches theories of color, in relation to identity and the rich pigments found in nature; they serve as the palette for this artistic inquiry and the profound implications of this label. The artists explore its impact on Black identity, potential, and the intricate interplay between societal perceptions and individual existence. 

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the works are a celebration of the language of color, offering a poignant exploration of the unique challenges, triumphs, and complexities of Black life.