October 7, 2011
at Blanc Gallery and sites along King Drive
The Future’s Past was a pilot curatorial project that consisted of several public window installations and a collaborative exhibition completed as part of a Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Fellowship with the University of Chicago. It combined new technology and new media to create an introductory glimpse into the histories of Chicago’s Black Metropolis using the archives of the member institutions of the BMRC. Artists Stephen Flemister, Krista Franklin and Amanda Williams created a collaborative installation of their distinct styles using my research as their point of departure.
The purpose of this project was to introduce the youth and current community to the history within the streets, buildings and spaces in which they live their everyday lives through a language they can understand–technology. Doing this will simultaneously introduce the archives of the BMRC and other resources to a new audience, showcase the rich history found in these collections and promote their use.
Featured Artists: Stephen Flemister, Krista Franklin and Amanda Williams
Photos by Devin Cain & Sixty Inches From Center.