New UICA Exhibit Explores Chicago Race Riot of 1919


“Warm Water: New Works by Charles Edward Williams” opens this weekend at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition will run from Jan. 11 – April 29, with an opening event scheduled for Jan. 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“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 sociopolitical conditions nationwide. “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.

Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, South Carolina. His work investigates current, historical cultural events related to racism, and to suggestive stereotypes formed within individuals. His works define self-representation of human emotive responses that lie within cultural identity and reveal tension to expose the complexities within our sociopolitical environments.

Admission to the UICA is $5 for the public and free for UICA members. UCIA is located at 2 Fulton St W.

*Photo courtesy of UCIA

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