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Storytelling Series with Art Design Chicago: Julie Rodrigues Widholm and Faheem Majeed

February 25, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Drawing Room Library

Chicago Athletic Association hotel is proud to collaborate with Art Design Chicago on a collection of co-hosted Storytellings throughout the year, taking place in our intimate Drawing Room Library. Each Storytelling will feature Art Design Chicago exhibition curators and contemporary Chicago-based artists and designers, conversing about the city’s art and design legacy and focusing on ways in which contemporary creative practice is influenced by generations of artists and designers that came before.

This February, DePaul Art Museum Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm and artist Faheem Majeed discuss the important legacy of Chicago-based artist Barbara Jones-Hogu (1938–2017) who was a central figure of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Julie is the curator of the Museum’s current exhibition Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968–1975 and Faheem is a contributor to the exhibition catalog.

As Director of the DePaul Art Museum and former curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Julie Rodrigues Widholm is a nationally recognized curator of contemporary art and has earned a reputation for highlighting the work of emerging and local artists.

A resident of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. Faheem is the former Executive Director of the South Side Community Art Center and currently serves as Co-Director of the Floating Museum.

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


Photo Credit: Barbara Jones-Hogu, Unite, 1969. Courtesy of Lusenhop Fine Art.

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

February 25, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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