Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot: exhibition opening & town hall

 Nov 11, 2017, 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM
 Logan Center Gallery

Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St.

We, the Wrens, invite you to our exhibition. This exhibition is the result of a DIY media campaign comprised of posters, whispers, video interviews and a library containing over 1,200 books on the subject of immigration.

This campaign was initiated by artist and University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts Faculty member William Pope.L, and facilitated by faculty, students, staff and community members of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts to reflect on issues of connectedness, home and immigration.

The exhibition is on view from November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018 in the Logan Center Gallery and gathers various ephemera from the campaign as well as serves as a space for open conversation, relaxation and reflection. We also welcome you to interact with the exhibition in a number of ways:

  • Join us in person during the Town Hall meeting on Friday, November 10, 6-8pm in the Logan Center Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition opening.
  • Drop off a physical response or leave a comment on our comment wall during the run of the exhibition.
  • Submit an anonymous response via the link below.
  • Propose a bit of programming you'd like to do in the space. First come, first served.

This campaign and exhibition are happening at a significant moment in our country's history. Nationally and globally, we are witnessing heightened debates over immigration, race and the flight of the 99%. On a local level, race relations and class distinctions affect daily experiences in Chicago as in many other American cities. Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot provides an opportunity for us to collectively address questions and create actions concerning difference and possibility in our society. Using the Logan Center as the locus of its activities, the Wrens campaign and exhibition highlight how immigration is a part of our lives in so many ways.

Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot invites you to consider the following questions, and many more:

  • Who are "The Brown People"? What does a "Wren" connote? Where is the "Parking Lot"? Why would someone ask these questions?
  • What is your definition of an immigrant?
  • Should the United States of America build a wall on its border with Mexico?
  • What does America look like today, tomorrow, and in the twenty-second century?

Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot is part of an ongoing project between UChicago Professor William Pope.L and renowned curator Dieter Roelstraete that began with The Whispering Campaign, presented at Documenta 14 this past summer. The Whispering Campaign with William Pope.L and Dieter Roelstraete is a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship at the Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry that continues through Spring 2018 and will feature a co-taught course, visiting speakers, and a publication.