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PACE Artist Catalyst: A Closing Celebration
August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us to celebrate PACE Artist Catalysts Cecil McDonald Jr. & Andrea Yarbrough.
Join us with artists Cecil McDonald Jr. & Andrea Yarbrough to celebrate their commissioned artworks as part of their PACE Artist Catalyst Award!
A conversation will take place with the artists, and Essence McDowell, a communications strategist, organizer and coauthor of two books, including the recently released, “Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Trailblazing Black Women in Chicago”. We’ll also have sounds from DJ Celeste Alexander and catering from Taylor’s Tacos !
Andrea Yarbrough’s 2023 installation Collective Steps is an homage to the scores of Black women committed to sustaining the South Side Community Arts Center. Centered on mapping the stories of understudied Black women, Yarbrough’s approach has been focused on Fern Gayden, who was a leader, writer, and organizer. A founding member of the South Side Writers Group in the 1930s, Fern Gayden’s long and diverse career included leadership roles in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the South Side Community Art Center.
Cecil McDonald’s 2022 installation Metropolis: A City In Black, is a public viewing installation in the historic bay window of the venerable South Side Community Art Center. Over six months, McDonald traversed the streets, parks, beaches, porches, and neighborhoods in and around Bronzeville. Photographing friends, strangers, and passersby from a mobile studio, McDonald created both formal and candid portraits; the portraits, collaged with moving abstract imagery, create an odyssey of humanity infused with all the unique sensibility and tempo of black life in the metropolis.
Andrea and Cecil’s commission were supported by the Public Art & Civic Engagement Capacity Building Initiative, granted to the South Side Community Art Center from Mural Arts Institute, a program of Mural Arts Philadelphia.