Woman’s Club ~ Nora Moore Lloyd
June 21 to September 22, 2019
Solstice Flag-Raising Friday, June 21 // 7
The summer edition of Woman’s Club is a flag created by juxtaposing historical imagery from Rogers Park with contemporary photography documenting traditional Native American practices in northern Wisconsin.
Nora Moore Lloyd is a photographer focusing on indigenous cultures, nature, and documenting community or family history through traditional storytelling and photos. Her work has been exhibited at American Indian Center, Cahokia Mounds Museum, Chicago History Museum, Comanche National Museum, Field Museum, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore (Bolivia), Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y Ethnologia de Guatemala (Guatemala), State of Illinois Museum Gallery (Champaign, Chicago, Lockport, Springfield, IL), and elsewhere. More information about the artist is available at nativepics.org.
The archival image used to create the flag was placed in the creative commons as a part of the collaborative project Property organized by Roman Susan Art Foundation with the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society in April 2016. The location of the undated photograph Woods near Perry Street (N Greenview Avenue) and W Greenleaf Avenue is approximately 500 feet from the location where the flag will be flying throughout the summer. This photograph was donated to the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society by Jean R. Price For more information about Property, please visit romansusan.org/property.
Woman’s Club installs artist-made flags at 7077 North Ashland Boulevard, the former location of the Rogers Park Woman’s Club. Exploring ideas around social work, community engagement, public welfare, literacy, migration, and gender, Woman’s Club celebrates area residents, past and present. This series is a collaborative initiative organized by The Cuckoo’s Theater Project and Roman Susan Art Foundation.
The Rogers Park Woman’s Club was founded by ten women in 1891, expanding to more than 900 members and working for over a century to provide social and cultural services in North Chicago before disbanding in 1996. Early projects undertaken by RPWC included establishment of a public library and reading room, and the founding of pre-elementary school education – the former incorporated into the Chicago Public Library, the latter into the Chicago Public School system in the late 19th century. On the 25th anniversary of RPWC, the organization commissioned a clubhouse built at 7077 North Ashland Boulevard, which housed RPWC activities into the early 1980s.
The Cuckoo’s Theater Project purchased the historic site in 2016 and are in the process of rehabilitating the interior to become a dedicated performing arts center for Rogers Park. The Cuckoo’s Theater Project produces works that expose the discomforts of human nature. By navigating the struggle as a community, we seek to find light within the darkness in the hopes of creating a brighter future. For more information, please visit thecuckoostheaterproject.com.
Roman Susan Art Foundation is a nonprofit art space and platform for exhibitions and events in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Roman Susan develops and supports new opportunities to display, create, and experience art. For more info, please visit romansusan.org.
For further info: romansusan.org/w-club or contact email@example.com
Image: preview of flag for Woman’s Club courtesy of Nora Moore Lloyd