Opening Sunday, October 8th, from 2 PM - 5 PM
On view through Sunday, October 8th
Closing event for James Jankowiak’s “Altered Translation” with special guest Kevin Coval. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 – 5 PM, Corner. Artist’s talk: 2 – 3; Kevin Coval reading, 3 – 4 followed by a Q&A.
James Jankowiak’s solo show is going out with a bang. Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval will do a reading from his recent book “A People’s History of Chicago” in front of Jankowiak’s new mural for Corner.
Kevin Coval’s “A People’s History of Chicago” flips the history of Chicago to include the stories and voices of oppressed and marginalized groups. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Daily Show, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s collection, A People’s History of Chicago dropped in April 2017 on Haymarket Books.
James Jankowiak studied at Columbia College of Chicago and SAIC but is mostly self-taught. In 2014 he was chosen for a full scholarship to the Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program and received a certificate from the University of Chicago’s Graham Foundation in Visual Art. Last year he was commissioned to design the artwork for the Chicago Transit Authority’s new Union Station Transit Center. He has been awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council in 2010 and 2012, and from DCASE in 2010 and 2014. His next solo exhibition is slated for February 2018 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Altered Translation was partially funded by Corner, Urban Gateways, the Julie Shaw Memorial Grant, and crowd-funded through AIM/Hatchfund.