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S is for Soul Sister: Exhibition Opening Reception

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The children of the “Black ABCs” today as adults, 50 years since living in the Harold Ickes Homes, photographed by Okunola Jeyifous.

Arts + Public Life presents S is for Soul Sister, an exhibition showcasing photographs by Okunola Jeyifous, an independent photographer and neurobiologist, at the University of Chicago.

2020 will mark 50 years since children living in the Harold Ickes Homes sat for portraits that were used as visual aides in Chicago classrooms and libraries. Inspired by those portraits taken in 1970, Jeyifous has photographed the children of the “Black ABCs” today as adults, celebrating the beauty and historic impact that those images and individuals still hold. Expanding on the definition of portraiture, Jeyifous blurs his practice as a photographer and scientist by creating rare digital art works. The collages, a combination of overlaid visualizations, includes the individuals’ cells combined with traditionally styled portraits. This blend of artistic, medical, and clinical styles of portraiture raises questions and critiques about the complicated and often problematic history of science, medicine and Black subjectivity.

Exhibition Dates: January 17—March 20, 2020

Presented by Arts + Public Life, with generous sponsorship from The Art, Science & Culture Initiative.

Gallery Hours: 12-6pm, Wed-Fri

Free and open to the public


January 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Arts + Public Life


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