The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is pleased to be returning to the Dank Haus German American Cultural Center Gallery for our first public event since the COVID-19 health crisis. The exhibition, entitled Urban Lives / Social Fabric 2020, is one of CAVA’s annual specialty themed exhibitions. Although planned and scheduled months before the current health and social justice crises, the exhibition and theme provide a timely window into artists’ ideas, views, and emotions as they navigate through these turbulent times.
The timely topic for this themed show speaks especially to Chicago, with its ethnic diversity, strong neighborhood structure, and historical commitment to social justice and change. The social aspects of city life including diversity, neighborhood landmarks, festivals, and street life all offer rich visual inspiration for art. Artists responded with work that embraces life in Chicago and beyond, focusing on many aspects of urban life such as industry, urban naturalism, traffic patterns, architecture, and environmental issues. Some artists chose to address our current need for safety and social distancing, while others expressed optimism for our city’s future.
This year’s exhibition organizer is board member Beverly Alice Nash, who along with CAVA president Chris Cantele will be announcing the exhibition award winners at the reception. We are excited to host our first public event since the pandemic. With Chicago currently in a cautious Phase IV opening, CAVA’s and Dank Haus’s plans for the reception include strict adherence to IDPH and CDC guidelines for safety and social distancing, including requiring masks, forgoing providing the customary refreshments, and setting up hand sanitizing stations. In addition, RSVP’s are required for each of the two reception sessions, to ensure the capacity limit is strictly followed. Awards will be announced in the second session of the event.
For more information and to reserve your spot at the reception,