Sep 10th 2019

Blood Lines: Remembering the 1919 Chicago Race Riot

@ Augustana Lutheran Church

5500 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Tuesday, September 10th, from 11AM - 2PM

On view through Thursday, October 31st

an immersive installation by NON:op Open Opera Works
Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, Nancy Goede, Pastor
September 3 – October 31, 2019 • 11-2pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday • 1-4pm Saturday

Christophe Preissing, concept and sound composition
David Sundry, sculpture and visual design
Hugh Sato, mechanical fabrication and programming

BLOOD LINES remembers the 1919 Chicago Race Riot and those who died in the uprising of that “red summer”. The 38 deaths attributed to the riot are represented by 15 long wires placed above the center aisle to separate Augustana Lutheran Church’s nave into two parts. Each wire is connected to a wooden sculpture, a mechanical activation system, and a sound resonator. The sustained wire sounds are tuned and timed to correspond to the distance in space and time from Eugene Williams’ drowning to each subsequent death. In addition, visitors may view the death locations on a street map recreated on the floor of the nave, read contemporary accounts and police reports of the riot deaths, add to a timeline tracing over 500 years of slavery and racism in America, and look at the sound composition and death timeline score.

For more information or to donate, please visit

Official Website

More events on this date

Tags: , , , , ,