Dec 6th 2019

The Petty Biennial.2

@ Heaven Gallery

1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, December 6th, from 7PM - 11PM

On view through Friday, February 14th

Alexandria Eregbu, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario-Reyes, Luis Sahagun, Edra Soto, Rhonda Wheatley, and Santiago X
Curated by: Adia Sykes, Sabrina Greig, and Courtney Cintron

The Petty Biennial.2 is a multi-site project on view at three locations in Chicago from November 7th, 2019 – February 14th, 2020. Founded in 2016, The Petty Biennial is not a biennial itself, but a curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The Petty Biennial engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story where one asserts themselves unapologetically and finds solidarity from a community of peers.

Further expanding on the first Petty Biennial, this iteration challenges the notion of diasporic communities as a dispersion of ethnicities across the globe— understanding diaspora as a network and community of people across races, geographies, and ethnicities who are impacted and connected through the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. This connective tissue of social systems represents the efforts on the part of people of color to find each other and ourselves, a constant struggle to free our mind, body, and soul from inherited violence and oppression.

Channeling a heightened social consciousness and spiritual awareness, artists at Heaven Gallery engage with artworks that elucidate the significance of radical imagination as a pathway to paradigm transformation, consciousness expansion, and healing for the diasporic experience. Through practices that span media, these artists explore themes of spirituality, ancestral histories, ritual, alternative realities and re-translate their experiences into manifestations and signifiers found in our current world.

Glass Curtain Gallery
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
December 6, 2019-January 19, 2020
Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. or by appointment

Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
December 6, 2019-January 19, 2020
Opening Reception: December 6, 7-11 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 1-6 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment

NYCH Gallery
2025 S Laflin St, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60608
January 10-February 7, 2020
Opening Reception: January 10, 6-10 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or by appointment



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