The Future’s Past. Through November 7, 2011.

by futurespastchicago

Opening Reception, October 7, 2011. (Image Credit: Andrew Roddewig of Sixty Inches From Center.)

Exhibition and Select Installations Up Until November 7, 2011. Blanc Gallery is open by appointment only.  Call 773.952.4394 to make an appointment.


All events take place at Blanc Gallery, located at 4445 South King Drive, unless stated otherwise.

October 7 | 6-9pm
Opening Reception and Trolley Tour at Blanc Gallery

October 14 | 6-9pm
Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, starting at Gallery Guichard (3521 South King Drive)

October 29 | 3-9pm
The Future’s Past Artist Talk & Gallery as Studio with Krista Franklin, Stephen Flemister and Amanda Williams.  Artists will be building on their current pieces in the gallery from 3pm to about 5pm, then a discussion will start around the ideas of Gallery As Studio and what it means to exhibit unfinished, in progress works in a gallery setting.

About The Future’s Past

The Future’s Past is a pilot curatorial project executed with the help of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois.  It combines new technology and new media to bring life to the history of Chicago’s Black Metropolis which is waiting to be found in the archives of the member institutions of the BMRC, formal and informal historians and various other resources. For this project, materials from these sources will be pulled and curated into an exhibition at Blanc Gallery and five image installations in windows based on significant art and culture locations along South Parkway, which is now King Drive, between 35th Street and 47th Street. In addition to the site-specific installations, Chicago artists Stephen Flemister, Krista Franklin, Emmanuel Pratt and Amanda Williams have created visual responses to the premise of the project which are exhibited at Blanc Gallery. Coinciding with the installations, new technology in the form of QR Codes and this website component with additional information will make other pieces of the history accessible to the public. This technology pulls together personal stories, archive text and materials used in the installations and exhibition.

The purpose of this project is to give the youth and modern community a glimpse into the history within the streets, buildings and spaces in which they live their everyday lives through a language they can understand–technology. Doing this will simultaneously introduce the various sources of information to a new audience, showcase the rich history found in them and promote the use of archives and contact with the people who hold the stories.

Note: If you own a smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.), you are highly encouraged to download a barcode scanner before coming to the show in order to take full advantage of the interaction with the installations and exhibition.

For more information or to schedule a walk-through of the exhibition for yourself, class or other group, contact the curator, Tempestt Hazel, at