Dec 17th 2022

Love Dancing: Documenting Chicago’s Nightlife

@ Heaven Gallery

1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Second Fl, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, December 17th, from 2PM - 6PM

On view through Sunday, January 15th

Love Dancing: Documenting Chicago’s Nightlife

Curated by Jeneca Onikoyi
December 17th – January 15th

Opening: Saturday, December 17th 2-6PM with DJ’s: Jo de Presser, Lady D

Featured photographers: Seed Lynn, Kymon Kendrick, Shay Turner


Saturday, January 7th:
2:30-4pm: Heavy Lifting: The Architecture of a Party
4:30-6pm: Documenting Nightlife:  A conversation with Chicago photographers

Sunday, January 8th:
1-5pm: Community Archiving Day with the Chicago Black Social Culture Map
Bring your flyers, photos, fashion, and stories to add to the ongoing digital archive


This exhibition of three artists is an archival survey of dance culture and nightlife in Chicago, and created in collaboration with the Chicago Black Social Culture Map.

The Chicago Black Social Culture Map grew out of HPP’s 2014 project Juke Cry Hand Clap, in which we began researching Chicago’s Black social culture across the 20th century from the First Great Migration through the birth of House music. Since then, through open sessions, targeted interviews, and multi-faceted research, data has been compiled on over 350 venues in the Chicagoland area.

The CBSCM archive includes information centered around social venues, including basic geo-spatial information, first-person stories, and supplemental media, all collected through collaborative community research. Drawing from blues, gospel, disco, and funk as well as dances such as bopping, stepping, and line dances, the archive explores an evolving embodied lineage of African American forms of making community and of cultural resistance.

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