The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is pleased to be returning to the Dank Haus German American Cultural Center Gallery for their first public event since the COVID-19 health crisis. The exhibition, entitled Urban Lives / Social Fabric 2020, is one of CAVA’s annual specialty themed exhibitions. Although planned and scheduled months before the current health and social justice crises, the exhibition and theme provide a timely window into artists’ ideas, views, and emotions as they navigate through these turbulent times.
The timely topic for this themed show speaks especially to Chicago, with its ethnic diversity, strong neighborhood structure, and historical commitment to social justice and change. The social aspects of city life including diversity, neighborhood landmarks, festivals, and street life all offer rich visual inspiration for art. Artists responded with work that embraces life in Chicago and beyond, focusing on many aspects of urban life such as industry, urban naturalism, traffic patterns, architecture, and environmental issues. Some artists chose to address our current need for safety and social distancing, while others expressed optimism for our city’s future.