Visions for Chicago: A Highly Politicized Public Art ProjectDaniel Tucker, Micah Maidenberg, and Abigail Satinsky
ContributorGreen Lantern Press, 2011
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Starting in November 2010 and lasting through the beginning of the mayoral term in May 2011, hundreds of handmade election-style yard signs will be collected from politically-engaged Chicagoans throughout the city, addressing their visions for Chicago. This mayoral election season is unique in many ways and is a crucial time to highlight visions for the future of the city, which has been so stifled in recent years through voters' senses of frustration and helplessness. Each participant made a yard sign about their vision and a photo portrait and profile of each signmaker was published in a book by Green Lantern Press (with support from the Graham Foundation) that was released May 16th, 2011 at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. The book features photography by Tucker, Lauren Cumbia, and Hillary Anne Strack, and writings by Abigail Satinsky and Micah Maidenberg. The project has received significant press in the Chicago Reader, Timeout Chicago, Proximity Magazine, Organizing Upgrade and Art21.
Daniel Tucker has worked as an artist and organizer in Chicago for the last ten years, initiating a number of large-scale local projects, exhibitions, and events. In 2005, he founded the organization AREA Chicago and edited Trashing the Neoliberal City: Autonomous Cultural Practices in Chicago from 2000–2005 with Emily Forman. In 2008, he coorganized Town Hall Meetings with Nato Thompson, for which one-hundred socially-engaged artists in five cities were interviewed. He has lectured widely about art and politics throughout the United States and Europe. His collaborative projects have been exhibited internationally in venues including Mass MoCA, Centro José Guerrero de Granada (Spain), Lothringer Dreizehn (Germany), the Albuquerque Museum, Art In General, Hyde Park Art Center, and public parks from Moldova to Chicago. His interviews and writings have appeared in numerous journals and books and his first book, Farm Together Now (coauthored with Amy Franceschini) was released in Fall 2010.
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