Apr 16th 2023

On Sunday, April 16, join us as we celebrate the centennial of the Stony Island Arts Bank with a day dedicated to activating our archival collections.

Beginning at 2 PM, enjoy coffee and cocktails while listening to the live digitization of the Frankie Knuckles Collection, a collection of over 4,000 vinyl and ephemera belonging to the Godfather of House Music.

At 3 PM, journey upstairs to the second floor of the Arts Bank for our founder and Executive Director Theaster Gates’ Johnson Publishing Company Libary reading. This program, which invites artists and scholars to explore the library once belonging to the publishers of Ebony and Jet Magazines, offers touchpoints of deeper public engagement with our archives. Cultural workers read selections of particular significance to their research from our Johnson Publishing Library, followed by collective reflection and discussion.

Following our collections talk, join us in the Johnson Lounge for a special Sunday Service set with DJ Duane Powell from 4 PM to 7 PM. Every other Sunday, DJ Duane Powell transforms the Arts Bank into a space of liberatory potential and spiritual release with sounds inspired by the Frankie Knuckles Collection.

Rebuild Foundation’s collections are undergoing extensive archivization to ensure that the collections remained preserved and accessible for years to come.

Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to attend after confirming your RSVP, we kindly ask that you cancel your ticket to allow for other guests interested in attending to RSVP for the program.

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