Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot
Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot is an art campaign facilitated by students, staff, and faculty at the Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, that aims to provide space for us to collectively address questions and create actions concerning difference and possibility in our society.
The Wrens Campaign invites you to consider:
Should the United States of America build a wall on its border with Mexico?
What is your definition of an immigrant?
Who are "The Brown people"? What does a "Wren" connote? Where is the "Parking Lot"? Why would someone ask these questions (do you think)?
What does America look today, tomorrow, and in the Twenty-Second Century?
Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot aims to provide space 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 aims to highlight how immigration is articulated through all of our lives in so many ways—for example, on the level of institutions, and on the level of community.
This campaign is happening at a significant moment. Nationally and globally, we have witnessed heightened debates over immigration, race, and the fight of the 99%. On a local level, race relations and class distinctions mark daily experiences in Chicago as in many other American cities. We invite all those interested in learning more about the project to send us your responses. There are a number of ways that you can share with us:
Join us in person during the town hall meeting where we will eat, drink, and converse about the project, but more importantly the issues of immigration and non-knowing. The town hall will take place on Friday, November 10, 6-8pmin the Logan Center Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition opening.
Drop off a response. This can be a physical letter, a painting, a written proposal for a performance, etc. etc. Physical drop offs can be made at the Logan Center Gallery between 10am and noon from Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 3. ALL submitted materials may be presented in the exhibition.
Stop by the Logan Center Gallery during the run of the exhibition from November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018 and leave a comment on our comment wall.
Submit an anonymous comment on this page below. ALL submissions may be presented in the exhibition.
Propose a bit of programming you'd like to do in the space. First come, first served.
Please Note: By sumitting a physical response or comment online, you agree for this material to be used within the context of the exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery. All responses will be presented anonymously and appear in full without modification.
Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions. Generous support provided by the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago.