The 5th Floor Gallery is proud to announce our three spring exhibitions: Critical Chicago Craft, Separation Anxiety, and Transition. The opening reception for all three exhibitions will be January 17, 5-8pm.
Critical Chicago Craft is an exhibition curated by LaMar R. Gayles Jr. that utilizes the varying practices of several contemporary Craft artists in Chicago and pairs their work with historical archival materials from the socio-political movements in the city during the 1960s-70s like the Black Arts Movement and protests to antagonization of international groups.
Separation Anxiety, organized by Ximena Mora, centers artists living and working within liminal spaces to present complex stories of loss, love, and migration. It calls on us to question notions of authenticity and imagine what it might be like to place humanity before criminalization. The exhibition will feature works by Veronica Gerber Bicecci, William Camargo, Yvette Mayorga, Nancy Sanchez, and Moises Salazar.
A testament to resilience and strength in the face of uncertainty, Transition showcases artists who document their experiences living within—and transitioning out of—situations of homelessness. The artwork included in Transition was created by students and advocates of One Heart One Soul, a traveling organization that visits drop-in centers, transitional homes and shelters to connect with youth experiencing homelessness.