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Call for Artists Tue May 12 2015

Call for Art and Artifacts: Submit to The Barack Obama Presidential Library

Dr. Jorge Lucero, from the University of Illinois, is calling for artifacts, readymade or handmade, to be presented in the exhibition, The Barack Obama Presidential Library. The works submitted will be curated and organized by Lucero and then presented with a descriptive placard that will be written by the contributor of the artifact. The artifacts are made to serve as a dialogue about the 44th presidency. The question arises: "How complex can a history be and who gets to 'write' it?"

The show will be the first exhibition in the new location space of the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), which is now located at 1448 E. 57th St.

The exhibition will be on view for the months of June, July and August. Please submit artifacts before June 1, 2015.


To complete your submission and contribution to The Barack Obama Presidential Library, please follow the numbered directions below with accompanying links:

1. Contributors can make/send any simulated artifact, document, artifact, readymade, or artwork they wish to see displayed in The Barack Obama Presidential Library (see size specifications). No bigger than 13" square.

2. Each contributor is also invited to write the accompanying educational placard(s) for their contributions (see format specifics).

3. Contributions should be made as quickly and cheaply as possible, while still communicating a potential reality. The accompanying descriptive placard will play a big role in how the artifacts will be viewed (see example).

4. The Barack Obama Presidential Library aims to have a radical and inclusive conversation around how history is constructed, remembered, and subsequently deployed. Southside Hub of Production is a community forum and space actively seeking to expand democratic conviviality, while exercising a true critical pedagogy. Please keep this in mind and contribute accordingly.

5. Although artifacts will be accepted throughout the summer, there is no guarantee that artifacts received after June 1 will be put on display.

6. If you wish to participate, contact Jorge Lucero with the following information: your name, your email, a brief description of what you're planning on contributing, and a small blurb about how you might contextualize this artifact through your placard. You will be contacted with details and arrangements for delivery.

7. You do not need to be an artist to contribute to The Barack Obama Presidential Library. Teachers and students are encouraged to participate as a means to generate reflective discourse around the current presidency, as well as the role and the politics of Presidential Libraries in general. If you are interested in participating with your students, feel free to download our FREE "The Barack Obama Presidential Library Prescribed Curriculum". If you are interested in having Dr. Lucero visit your high school with this project, please contact him here.

8. Dr. Lucero will contact you with details about delivery, display, and editing.

Dr. Jorge Lucero is an assistant professor of art education at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University after having taught in the Chicago Public Schools for seven years. Lucero received his undergraduate degree from SAIC where he concentrated on painting and drawing, with an additional year and a half spent on art education.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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