ICONIC: Chicago

November 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The third in a series of exhibitions across the U.S., ICONIC Black Panther: Chicago opened at Stony Island Arts Bank hosted by Rebuild Foundation. Curated by Tracie D. Hall for SEPIA Collective in partnership with University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, ICONIC Chicago featured over 50 artists interpreting the over 50-year history of the Black Panther Party.


Opening Ceremony
Live Storytelling by Illinois Education Cadre Black Panther Michael McCarty.  DJ Anyana Contreras spins Black Liberation Mix.

Community Free Breakfast + Food Drive
In solidarity with Food Giveaway on the West side by Illinois Chapter members.  Panthers served the community and then broke bread together.

Her Words: Black Panther Women Speak
Wanda Ross, Joan Gray, Ericka Huggins, Barbara Cox Easley, and Yasmeen Sutton share their stories and insight.  Moderated by Dr. Tracye Matthews, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture, University of Chicago 

Community screenings of The Murder of Fred Hampton
Six community screenings followed by open discussion and fundraising for Hampton House.

Black (Power) Friday
Hosted the day after Thanksgiving to encourage community over capitalism. 

Youth Day of Resistance
In partnership with IL Humanities, we paired youth with Illinois chapter members of the Black Panther Party for open dialogue about arts, activism and social responsibility, 

Maime de Looter(s) with Avery R. Young 
A work still then in progress, Maime de Looters merged poetry sound and visuals to share 4 eyewitness accounts of the King riots on Madison Street on Chicago’s West Side.

To Live for the People: The Black Panther Party’s
Chicago Legacy Panel
Dr. Carol Adams, Mary Scott Boris, Stan West, Joan Gray


In partnership with Theaster Gates, Rebuild Foundation and University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture

Chicago Artists:

Alexandra Antoine Amanda Williams
Arthur Wright
Ayanah Moor
Bernard Williams
Candace Hunter
Cathleen Campbell
Cecil McDonald + Avery Young
Celine Browning
David Anthony Geary
Dr. Samella Lewis
Emory Douglas
Folade Speaks
Hana L. Anderson
James Nelson
Jessica Thornton
Jesus Gonzales
Flores Josh Harris
Juarez Hawkins
Karega Kofi Moyo Kimberly Harmon
Krista Franklin
Liz Gomez
Makeba Kedem Dubose Malika Jackson

Marcia Haffmans
Marcus Alleyne
Matt Wead
Maxwell Emcays
Michael Thompson
Nancy Weinberg
Norman Teague + Fo Wilson
Otis Richardson
Peirce Cruz
Rayshayla Marie Brown Renee Baker
Rhonda Gray
Roger Carter
Sam Kirk
Sandra Bridges
Shanna Merola
Shepard Fairey
Spencer Paul Hutchinson Stephen Flemister
Thomas Lucas
Tonika Johnson
Tracie D. Hall
Walter Lobyn Hamilton William Krug
Zachary Williams