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Juarez Hawkins

Bill Walker: Urban Griot (2017)

Artwork Type
One of a kind
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Dimensions are available on request
Techniques
Ink, Acrylic, Marker, Pencil
Hyde Park Art Center brings renewed attention to the masterful drawings and paintings by one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement in “Bill Walker: Urban Griot,” curated by Juarez Hawkins. The exhibition will present rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s in the Kanter McCormick Gallery from November 5, 2017 to April 8, 2018 and includes a extensive series of public programs. Highlighting the deeply passionate and often biting social commentary of this influential artist, “Bill Walker:...
Hyde Park Art Center brings renewed attention to the masterful drawings and paintings by one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement in “Bill Walker: Urban Griot,” curated by Juarez Hawkins. The exhibition will present rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s in the Kanter McCormick Gallery from November 5, 2017 to April 8, 2018 and includes a extensive series of public programs. Highlighting the deeply passionate and often biting social commentary of this influential artist, “Bill Walker: Urban Griot” is the first of many programs included in Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Bold, vibrant and graphic, the works on paper and small paintings show imagery of problems that Chicago and other urban American cities faced during the artist’s lifetime that are still unresolved today—homelessness, bigotry, poverty, and hunger. Depictions of drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes, pimps, and gangs alternate with scenes of black family life and spiritual community to document the conflicting forces that dominate Black Metropolis. The works included in the exhibition are on loan from the collection of Chicago State University and the Chicago Public Art Group.

“Bill Walker’s later works are a glimpse into the mind of a man who dedicated his life to creating art that reflected the concerns of everyday people, who believed in the power of truthful art to save man from destruction.” says curator Juarez Hawkins. “With simple media, Walker creates images of terror and power, with a masterful interplay of narrative and formal elements pressed into service of his message.” Hawkins is a full-time Lecturer and Co-Curator of Gallery Programs at Chicago State University.

William “Bill” Walker (1927 – 2011), was a prolific muralist best known for creating the iconic Wall of Respect on Chicago’s South Side in collaboration with the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC). This mural inspired community-based public artworks all over the country, and is a cornerstone of socially engaged art practice. He acted as co-founder of the Chicago Mural Group, now the Chicago Public Art Group, and his murals remain an essential part of the fabric of the city. This exhibition joins programs across Chicago celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wall of Respect.
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