The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park (photo courtesy of the Logan Center for the Arts).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, in its fifth year as a hub for the vibrant arts scene at the University of Chicago and on the South Side of Chicago, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of the 2018-2019 Logan Center Exhibitions program. This level of financial support recognizes the program’s impact and promising future under the direction of Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator.
The highly sough-after Andy Warhol Foundation grants focus on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. In fall 2017, the fondation awarded over $4 million to 48 organizations to support scholarly exhibitions, publications, artist residencies, new commissions and other visual arts programming. The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is one of five Chicago institutions—including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), and the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Columbia College—to receive this grant.
"We are thrilled that Logan Center Exhibitions is among a stellar group of grantees recognized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for their contribution to the field of contemporary art nationally,” said Umolu. “With this support, we are poised to continue exploring groundbreaking artistic ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations, and critical conversations with artists and our communities at the Logan Center and on Chicago’s South Side.”
The award will support several Logan Center Exhibitions initiatives: the production of new work by artists for career-elevating solo exhibitions; short term residencies for artists to provide them access to the Logan Center’s facilities and networks, as well as resources at the University of Chicago; and the production of exhibition-related publications. The grant will also support the robust series of talks and workshops that accompany exhibitions.
Since taking the helm of the exhibitions program in 2015, Umolu has organized a number of critically-acclaimed exhibitions, such as Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado: Divine Violence (2017), Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts (2017), Larry Achiampong: OPEN SEASON (2016), and So-called Utopias (2015). Umolu was also recently awarded a curatorial fellowship by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the multiyear research project, public program, and online platform The Ties that Bind: Waves of Pan-Africanism in Contemporary Art and Society.
“Since opening five years ago, the Logan Center for the Arts and Logan Center Exhibitions has been committed to supporting a dynamic group of artists whose work inspires discovery. I am thankful to the Warhol Foundation for supporting our ongoing work with an incredible group of international contemporary artists who are committed to creating work that engages our students, faculty and the many communities of Chicago,” said Bill Michel, Executive Director of UChicago Arts and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
Highlights of the program that the Andy Warhol Foundation grant will support include the 2018 exhibition Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education, presenting a suite of new and existing works by the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Mike Cloud; the residency of visual artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne exploring ideas of architecture, movement, and migration, which will culminate in the 2019 exhibition, Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne: ATLAS UNLIMITED; a solo exhibition of sculptural work by LA-based artist Candice Lin considering historical and contemporary formations of gender, race and sexuality; a solo exhibition by Mexico City-born and Berlin-based artist Mariana Castillo Deball; and an exhibition related to Umolu’s research on pan-Africanism.
More information about Logan Center Exhibitions and its programs is available at arts.chicago.edu/logan/gallery.