Work by Hip-Hop artist Hebru Brantley, whose work will be featured in a solo exhibition at The Chicago Cultural Center this summer entitled Hebru Brantley: Parade Day Rain (photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events).

The Chicago Cultural Center, in downtown Chicago, will host eight exciting free exhibitions this summer with an emphasis on object and graphic design, street art, the blues, architecture and the work of several Chicago-based artists – including Hip-Hop artist Hebru Brantley.

Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion in a solo show, Hebru Brantley: Parade Day Rain, June 14 – September 23 in Sidney R. Yates Gallery (4th Floor North) at the Cultural Center. The exhibition looks at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from light to dark.

Brantly uses a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade, which comprise this exhibition’s multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings that create an immersive environment for the viewer. Brantley, a Bronzeville-native living and working in Chicago, explores personal and cultural memory in his art. Brantley draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, Kaws and Keith Haring.

The exhibition is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Admission is free and open to the public.

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Cultural Center to Showcase Hebru Brantley as Part of 8-Exhibition Summer Series