Artist Talk: Folding the Map on Segregation
Chicago artist and activist Tonika Johnson will join Michal Raz-Russo, Programs Director at The Gordon Parks Foundation, to discuss upcoming projects that address the lasting impact housing discrimination practices have had in shaping Chicago neighborhoods. This conversation will provide insight into Johnson’s Folded Map Project, which addresses urban segregation by connecting individuals from across the city. Attend via Elmhurstartmuseum.org.
This event is held in conjunction with Elmhurst Art Museum’s current exhibition, In Focus: The Chicago Freedom Movement and the Fight for Fair Housing, which exposes systemic issues surrounding housing opportunities in Chicago and suburbs and how housing restriction have been informed by an extensive history of race-based discrimination. The centerpiece of the exhibition features 40 historic images by Wheaton-based photographer and activist Bernard Kleina, who captured some of the first-ever color photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These photographs provide context for the 1965-67 movement led by Dr. King, James Bevel, and Al Raby, who inspired the milestone Fair Housing Act of 1968.