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Opening Night Event: Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams

Opening Night Event: Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams
Fri, Jan 11, 2018

Guests at an opening night event

5:30 - 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Free with admission

Join UICA for the opening of our newest exhibition, Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.


Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams
Jan 11 - 
April 28, 2019

 Charles Williams, I AM IV

Charles Williams, I AM IV

Warm Water is a collection of re-narrated visual works based on the event that sparked the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. These works unfold the story involving five Black teens, and what reportedly caused the death of Eugene Williams in Lake Michigan on the South Side of Chicago.The works document and shed light on the marginalizing oppositions the teens faced during the fragile height of racial socio-political conditions nationwide. This day, July 27, 1919 became the tipping point, and as a result led to a string of violent race riots across the United States.

Warm Water references the psychological racial constructs and the human state of the five teens during the event, as well as the paralleled combination of chemical/water properties when hot and cold elements are combined. It is also the unsolicited landmark of the lake where the teens nicknamed the spot, Hot and Cold. With these two diverse complexities, re-appropriated and re-narrated visual explorations attempt to strike a balance between both past and present, from an incident later marked in history as Red Summer.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.