Odes and Tattoos: An Exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center

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CAPE is proud to present ODES and TATTOOS, an exhibition of multidisciplinary artwork from North-Grand High School, and part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth showcase at the Chicago Cultural Center! Odes and Tattoos is also the first in our series of three exhibitions for the 2018-19 school year. Click here to read the classroom perspectives on Odes and Tattoos!

DATE/TIME: Now through January 6, 2019
LOCATION: Michigan Avenue Galleries at the Chicago Cultural Center


How are voices and stories from overlooked, liminal social spaces elevated? How are marginalized cultural perspectives depicted to convey new ideas of self and community that are often sidelined by a larger historical narrative? Students from North-Grand High School attempt to tackle these questions through the creation of multidisciplinary artworks that examine how history and culture are manifested through art. Through their work with CAPE Teaching Artists Marc Fischer and Jose Luis Benavides and teachers Karen Furlong and Lisa Welsh, the students also explored how they themselves can find agency by re-presenting the social and cultural.

Several key events will occur during the exhibition’s run:

  • YAS! Fest: September 22, 2018, 11am to 7pm, Millennium Park
    A daylong showcase of the art and music, culminating in a performance with local up-and-comer Ravyn Lenae opening for rapper Desiigner. CAPE will welcome YAS! Fest visitors at the Odes and Tattoos in the Michigan Avenue Galleries at the Chicago Cultural Center.
  • Gallery Talks: October 4, 2018 (5:30-6:30pm) and December 13, 2018 (5:30-6:30pm), Michigan Avenue Galleries at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor South
    In Odes and Tattoos, student artists have studied, explored and rendered visually the ode as a poetic commemorative device, and tattoos as visual markers of personal events and histories. These Gallery Talks will feature teaching artists and students in conversation about their process.
  • Hands-On Tattoo Workshop: December 1, 2018 (1:00-3:00pm); Learning Lab, 1st floor of the Chicago Cultural Center
    Teaching Artist Jose Luis Benavides will lead a hands-on workshop inspired by the collaboration with the students at North-Grand High School in making the Tattoo project. This participatory event will engage audiences in the history of tattoos and exploration of symbol systems to create their own tattoo designs.

Everyone is welcome to join us at any or all of these free events!

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