Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery Presents ‘Where the Future Came From’

Image courtesy of Meg Duguid
Interactive exhibit explores and compiles Chicago’s deep history of feminist artist-run activities; Runs Nov. 1, 2018–Feb. 15, 2019.

CHICAGO—October 26, 2018. Witness and participate in a symposium and exhibition on the preservation of feminist artist-run activities. Where the Future Came From explores the work of feminist activists in Chicago from the late 19th century to present day and runs Nov. 1, 2018-Feb. 15, 2019 at Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery.

Where the Future Came From is not a passive exhibit, but an active research lab where artists, viewers, and art historians are invited to contribute information on feminist artist-run galleries and projects. The exhibit also hopes to capture and record the less formal and traditional venues where such work took place, such as dinner tables, basements, on the street, and printed publications.

The project will kick off with a two-day public symposium on Nov. 2 and is organized by Meg Duguid, director of exhibitions for Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces (DEPS). 

“Women-led collectives and feminist artist-run projects remain vulnerable to disappearing from history, as much of their work goes unarchived,” said Duguid.“Through this project, we want to collectively preserve and add to that history.”

The exhibition will feature a timeline of intersectional feminist artist-run projects and a participatory research space. Throughout the three-month exhibition, six scholars-in-residence will present different points of view on subjects related to the material, and other scholars, students, artists, historians, and the public will work with the curator to develop and add to material in the exhibition. The project will conclude in late 2019 with a publication outlining new histories that have come to light.

“As much of this work lives in the memories of those who created it or in family lore, we invite the public to share its stories and materials in order to create a larger picture of feminist artist-run history,” added Duguid.

The day-long symposium will kick off with a keynote conversation followed by various presentations regarding feminist artist-run projects.

Keynote conversation:
Feminist economics and its relationship to women in artist-run institution
Lynne Warren, Adjunct Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Courtney Fink, Director, Common Field

Panel discussion:
Moderated by Kate Hadley Toftness, Director, Chicago Archives + Artists Project:
Gloria Talemantes, Mujeres Mutantes
Amina Ross and Jory Drew, F4F
Jennifer Sova, The Overlook
Luz Magdaleno Flores and Daisy Yessenia Zamora Centeno, Brown and Proud Press

Additional presentations:
Estelle Carol, Chicago Women's Graphics Collective
Carol Crandall, CARYATIDS
Arlene Turner-Crawford, Sapphire and Crystals
Mary Ellen Croteau, SisterSerpents
Beate Minkovski, Woman Made Gallery
Sharmili Majmudar and Lani Montreal, Mango Tribe

Where the Future Came From:
Reception: Nov. 2, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Symposium: Nov. 1, 5:30–8:00 p.m. and Nov. 2, 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
1st Floor

Where the Future Came From is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The project is funded by grants from the Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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Anjali Julka