The Arts Bank will be home to a group show that includes Dawoud Bey, Nicole Eisenman, David Hammons, Gary Hill, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Trevor Paglen, Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis, and Fred Wilson. This sub-chapter of Toward Common Cause constitutes an artistic reflection on how we see others, how we see ourselves, and how these views are inflected by race, gender, and class, among other considerations. These are questions that currently preoccupy the art world. Yet, they are questions that the artists included in this exhibition have been raising for decades.
Rebuild Foundation’s mission is to demonstrate the impact of innovative, ambitious and entrepreneurial arts and cultural initiatives. At the core of the Foundation’s mission is supporting artists and strengthening communities through free arts programming, creating new cultural amenities, and developing affordable studio and community space. The Stony Island Arts Bank serves as headquarters for Rebuild Foundation’s network of cultural amenities on the South Side and as home for the foundation’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the bank at 68th Street and Stony Island Avenue was once a vibrant community savings and loan. In 2015, Rebuild Foundation’s Founder Theaster Gates radically restored the building, which now serves as a space for neighbors to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage. Rebuild Foundation’s sites provide a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.