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Just Above My Wall, (To The Right)

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South Side Community Art Center

3831 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60653

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Just Above My Wall, (To The Right), curated by Ciera Alyse McKissick, brings together Black collectors and SSCAC's permanent collection.

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South Side Community Art Center’s next exhibition, Just Above My Wall, (To The Right), curated by, Ciera Alyse McKissick, showcases Black contemporary artworks from 13 emerging and established Black art collectors from Chicago. During a time when Black artists and their work is in high demand, McKissick chose to highlight Black collectors who are invested in the preservation of Black art, much like the South Side Community Art Center’s mission and legacy.

This show encompasses parallelled histories between Black artists within the South Side Community Art Center’s collection, Black artists of today, and what Black art collectors are acquiring.

Selected works from the SSCAC collection include Bill Walker, Ralph Arnold, Sylvester Britton, Yaounde Olu, Hale Woodruff, and Dorothy Higgenson-Carter among other works from the 20th century. Selected work from collectors include both emerging and established artists from the 21st century like, Krista Franklin, Hebru Brantley, Brandon Breaux, Alexandra Antione, Erin Mitchell, and Lawrence Agyei to name a few.


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Work by Sylvester Britton from the South Side Community Art Center Permanent Collection.

For the curator, McKissick, who is also one of the emerging collectors featured, it was important to center the exhibition around collecting, and use the Center’s collection as a catalyst.

The exhibition will also feature a dialogue with the collectors, and also a talk about how to start your own collection. Just Above My Wall, (To The Right) runs April 30-June 30.

*banner image courtesy of Lawrence Agyei, from the collection of John Ellis.

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