MacArthur Fellows Program Celebrates 40 Years with Chicago Art Exhibition


The MacArthur Fellows Program is celebrating 40 years of commitment to recognizing extraordinarily creative individuals and highlighting the various ways recipients pursue their creative ideas, cultivate cross-disciplinary collaborations, and inspire us all with their field-changing endeavors.

As part of this milestone anniversary, 29 MacArthur Fellow artists are taking part in Toward Common Cause, a multi-venue exhibition that uses idea of “the commons” to explore questions of inclusion and exclusion, ownership and public space. The exhibition is taking place at 24 venues throughout Chicago March 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021.

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Among the contributors is performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña whose exhibition will look back at the history of an experimental museum opened by Hull-House co-founders Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr in 1900, as well as other cross-cultural efforts to provide access to the arts, in relation to present-day demands for structural change inside cultural institutions.

AWTT has recognized many MacArthur fellows for their creative, ground-breaking work, including Bryan Stevenson and Will Allen.

Here is yesterday's 's NYT's story about the year-long series of exhibitions in multiple venues.  

AWTT portrait of Bryan Stevenson
AWTT portrait of Jane Addams
AWTT portrait of Will Allen