Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black

Saturday, Jan 19 – Apr 14, 2019

78 E. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

Over the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” As the artist explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country." The photographs of In the Company of Black live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald's daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture.

Thursday, February 7, 12:15–1pm: Gallery Talk with Curator Greg Lunceford

Sunday, April 14, 2–5pm: Closing with House Music DJ