BLACK SPACE: Architectural Historiographies & Spatial Landscapes

Saturday, May 6, 2023 2 – 4 pm

3831 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653


The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) invites you to BLACK SPACE: Architectural Historiographies & Spatial Landscapes. 

Artists and spatial griots Andres L. Hernandez, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Roland Knowlden, and guest artist Amanda Williams invite you to consider how socio-economic and geographic oppressions impact the way we see (or don’t see) our environments, in a conversation with SSCAC Exhibitions Manager and Curator Lola Ayisha Ogbara. 

In our current exhibition "where the light corrupts your face...", Hernandez, Johnson, and Knowlden uncover embedded histories, advocate for Black urban communities, and critically deconstructs the elements of our social fabric and its architectural histories to reassemble them as cartographic abstractions and imagined landscapes.

Gwendolyn Brooks, a brilliant author, poet, and life-long resident of the historic neighborhood of Bronzeville, becomes the Mecca of these stories as this exhibition interrogates dilapidation, buried histories, and what it could mean to be Black in space.

*Complimentary coffee and cake will be provided during the program