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Lee Bey to Lead Talk on Art During Closures of Public Housing and Schools

By Sam Cholke | December 1, 2014 5:32am
 The University of Chicago Arts Inucabtor will host a series of talks about the role of art in the closure of public schools and the demolition of public housing on the South Side.
The University of Chicago Arts Inucabtor will host a series of talks about the role of art in the closure of public schools and the demolition of public housing on the South Side.
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HYDE PARK — Arts and architecture writer and photographer Lee Bey will lead the first in a series of discussions about public art in the midst of destruction on the South Side.

Bey will lead a discussion with Miguel Aguilar, Nicole Marroquin, Nathan Mason and Coya Paz at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Bey is special projects manager for the incubator and the Arts + Public Life Initiative.

The group will sort through public art in the midst of the demolition of public housing and the shuttering of public schools on the South Side and the lingering promises of revitalization behind both of the moves.

The discussion draws from "Chicago-specific public 'improvements' to raise larger critical questions about design and place," an online description of the event reads.

The series, Growing Pains, will pick back up on Dec. 9 with a discussion lead by artist Theaster Gates on arts and public schools with Erika Allen, Jitu Brown and Ricardo Estrata.

Attendance is free.

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