Controversies over historical monuments have been in the news, from Charlottesville to Johannesburg and Chapel Hill to Belfast. This presentation imagines which local heritage sites might serve as flash points in today’s renewed culture wars.
After Illinois was created, state and private companies have worked to bind our different regions together through infrastructure. Such links turned our state from merely a designated area on a map into a more unified, functional territory.
A popular local historian and writer, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will tell us about the wayward way we became a state and how our first lawmakers in Kaskaskia started from scratch in creating state government.
Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape
Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), a Chicago painter who created surreal and dream-like imagery, is the subject of Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape. Abercrombie developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained her paintings saying “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.”
Illinois is called the “Prairie State” for good reason – it once held millions of acres of native prairie in which biodiversity flourished. But over time most of the native habitat gave way to a diversity of human uses.