Oct 28th 2021

jina valentine in conversation with Tracie Hall

@ Glass Curtain Gallery


Opening Thursday, October 28th, from 6PM - 7:30PM

On view through Friday, October 29th

Join jina valentine in conversation with Tracie Hall

About this event

Join jina valentine in conversation with Tracie Hall in conjunction with the exhibition Exhibit of American Negroes, Revisited. This conversation will be held via zoom.; a zoom link will be sent to registered attendees the day of the event. Register and reserve your spot for this free event at the here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jina-valentine-in-conversation-with-tracie-hall-tickets-170033367379?fbclid=IwAR0bP0T25infmoPMeoI2zA1nIUqYsXVWhNf_xLv5ojDBKiJRZFVnkYh_1ME

About the speakers

jina valentine is a mother, visual artist, and Associate Professor of Printmedia at SAIC. She has exhibited at venues including The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has been an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Joan Mitchell Center, Banff Centre, Santa Fe Art Institute, Marble House, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work has received recognition and support from the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Art Matters among others. She is also co-founder (with Heather Hart) of Black Lunch Table, an oral-history archiving project. jina received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon and her MFA from Stanford University.

Tracie Hall is Executive Director of the American Library Association. She previously served as Director, Culture Program at Chicago’s Joyce Foundation. As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for the City of Chicago where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division which included the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music Industry, and Farmers Market programs, as well as the Chicago Film Office, Chicago Artists Month and Lake FX Summit and Expo.

Prior to her work at DCASE, Hall served as Vice President of Strategy and Organization Development at Queens Library in New York City, one of the nation’s busiest libraries serving over 11 million users annually; at Boeing Company’s Global Corporate Citizenship Division where she worked as Community Investment Strategist for 9 US and 16 non-US sites and later as Chicago Community Investor; as Assistant Dean of Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science; as visiting professor at Catholic, Southern Connecticut State, and Wesleyan Universities and in non-profit and public sector posts across the country including work with Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, CA where she began her career directing transitional shelters for homeless youth.

Deeply invested in the intersection of arts access, literacy, youth and economic development, Hall led the organization and founding of the NYC Early Learning Network; developed the Seattle-based SCRIBES program, which has become a long-running youth creative writing project; conceived and curated the NEH-funded Festival of Caribbean Literature with the Connecticut Center for the Book; served as author and principal investigator on three milestone Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) grants; and in Chicago has worked on several initiatives positioning art at the intersection of workforce development and public safety.

A poet, fiction writer and playwright, Hall is a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of various awards and residencies for her writing, creative and community work.

Holding degrees from the University of California, Yale University and the University of Washington, Hall was born and mostly raised in South Los Angeles. She is Founding Curator of experimental arts space, Rootwork Gallery and continues to make time to serve on various non-profit boards and committees.

About the exhibition

jina valentine: Exhibit of American Negroes, Revisited September 7–Oct 29, 2021

Please note: For entry into DEPS spaces, masks as well as proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test within the last 72 hours are required.

For the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, W.E.B. Du Bois led the creation of a series of modernist drawings that visualized data on the state of Black life in America as a part of the Exhibit of American Negroes. In Exhibit of American Negroes, Revisited, jina valentine utilizes 2020 Census information to update Du Bois’s works with contemporary data.


Glass Curtain Gallery–Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please note: For entry into DEPS spaces, masks as well as proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test within the last 72 hours are required.

Image credit: jina valentine, Exhibit of American Negroes, Revisited, 2021, data visualization rendered in gouache + ink on paper

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