Last minute preparations for “This House Is Not a Home,” the newest exhibition at the Southside Hub of Production, feel more like plans for an abnormally large dinner party than an art show. I am volunteering this sunny Saturday afternoon…
by Julia Greenberg •
Behind heavy grey curtains, a bandaged hand drops coin after coin. Blood splashes. Two halves of a loaf of bread are sewn together with red string. Stone skulls flash.
by Clare Fentress •
Literally the crossing of two major railroad lines–the Illinois Central Railroad and the Lake Shore & Michigan Railroad–this historic community area has seen better days. In the second half of the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, the rails ruled the city (and the nation) and Grand Crossing was king of the South Side. The trains brought a labor force of European immigrants from the North and blacks from the South; industry and trade flourished, and the neighborhood became a junction not just of steam and steel, but of cultures, as well.