A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Calibrated Lens: A Focus on Southside Narratives

Brookfield Zoo, from the Leroy Roberson Collection, ca. 1964, courtesy of the South Side Home Movie Project

Calibrated Lens portrays the multi-dimensional built environment that has evolved over decades on Chicago’s South Side, and acts of resilience and relaxation cultivated by residents in these spaces, through home movies, photographs and constructed objects. Rooted in architecture, artifacts, and scenes of daily life, a history of community creativity and collective action is made visible within three vignettes. Visual narratives of South Side spaces are seen through a multi-faceted lens, with each moment referenced through objects, images and sound drawn from South Side lives.

Contributed Works By: Lee Bey, South Side Home Movie Project, Eric Hotchkiss of Made in Englewood

Curated By: Mejay Gula

Mitchell Lecture Series: Save the date for a conversation about Calibrated Lens with Lee Bey, Candace Ming of South Side Home Movie Project, and Eric Hotchkiss, which will be moderated by Natalie Moore, at SAIC's LeRoy Neiman Center (37 S. Wabash) on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.