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Storytelling Series with Art Design Chicago: Janine Mileaf and Alexandria Eregbu

July 22, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Drawing Room Library

In conjunction with the Arts Club of Chicago’s Art Design Chicago exhibition, “A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago,” on view through August 17, curator Janine Mileaf talks with artist Alexandria Eregbu about the tradition of Surrealism in Chicago and ways in which the characteristics of the genre – fantasy and imagination – are manifest in the work of artists today.

This complimentary event will take place in the Drawing Room Library at 11:00AM with seating first come, first served.


Janine Mileaf, Ph.D., is Executive Director of The Arts Club of Chicago. A former Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she is the author of Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade and contributes to a range of international publications and museum exhibition catalogues.

Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist, independent curator, and co-founder of Du Monde Noir, (formerly known as AfroSurreal Chicago)— an artistically run collective which seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. Among her curatorial projects is Marvelous Freedom / Vigilance of Desire, Revisited— a group exhibition that engaged Chicago’s Surrealist history by reexamining the first Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, the world’s largest Surrealist exhibition, which took place in Chicago in 1976.

Photo caption: Gertrude Abercrombie. Untitled (Lady with a Cat), 1961. Oil on board; 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm). Private collection, Chicago.

About the Storytelling Series
The Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Storytelling Series shares compelling stories and interviews from inspiring movers, shakers and visitors making an impact in Chicago and beyond. From artists to musicians, innovators and adventurers to visionaries with a great story to tell – the series gives an inside look into the experiences that have shaped the speakers’ work and lives.

While our 125-year-old walls may not be able to tell tales of the past – and boy if they could – the Storytelling Series honors the tradition of welcoming the world’s finest into its halls by capturing today’s tales. The ongoing series takes place fireside in the Drawing Room, is complimentary to attendees, and affords one hour of storytelling followed by a brief Q&A. To withstand the test of time, sessions are recorded for our Storytelling Series Podcast, available for download and listening at and on iTunes.

About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Led by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of events throughout 2018. For more information visit

July 22, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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