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Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy

​September 9, 2021 – February 13, 2022


Stockyard Institute​, an ongoing civic and artistic practice founded in 1995 by artist Jim Duignan in the Back of the Yards community of south Chicago, was influenced by community artists, revolutionaries, youth, activists, and radical teachers. Together, they instrumentalized the arts in Chicago neighborhoods to reimagine social, civic, and personal forms of public engagement. This retrospective brings together for the first time archival material, objects, installations and a radio station that exemplify a subversive art practice on the margins rooted in love, relationships, collaboration, and self-determination.

The first museum publication on Stockyard Institute will accompany the exhibition. Distributed by University of Chicago Press, the exhibition catalogue will feature contributions and essays from Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive​; Rachel L. S. Harper, Ph.D. and ​Professional Lecturer for DePaul's Department of Teacher Education;, Hyde Park Art Center Director of Exhibitions and Residency Allison Peters Quinn; University of Illinois Professor Jorge Lucero;​​ Jennifer Gray, Associate Professor ​at Northern Illinois University; and Philadelphia Contemporary Artistic Director Nato Thompson.

Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy is organized by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive​​, with Rachel L.S. Harper, Professional Lecturer for DePaul's Department of Teacher Education.