Opening for exhibit on local barriers

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

The opening reception for the exhibit, “The Distance Between,” currently on display at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., and the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Like the show — which runs through Sept. 29 and features works by the University of Chicago’s five artists-in-residence for the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and Arts and Public Life — the reception will span the Washington Park and Hyde Park spaces. The exhibit title, according to program literature, refers to the distance — both geographic and demographic — between the show’s two component galleries.

Sunday’s event will kick off with a Logan Center concert from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by “A Summer’s Guitar Sextet,” a group including artist-in-residence and former Wilco guitarist LeRoy Bach and South Side Hub of Production co-founder John Preus. Bach will perform another 5:30 p.m. concert with two other musicians at the Arts Incubator.

The reception’s highlight, also part of the exhibit, is a two-set concert, taking place at both the Arts Incubator and Logan Center from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. With one live sound manipulator at both locations, cellists Fred Lonberg-Holm and Tomeka Reid, an artist-in-residence, will play separately but at the same time, using a feed to transmit their performances to the other building.

During the intermission for the two sets, attendees will have a chance to travel between the Arts Incubator and Logan Center. Concertgoers will be given an hour to walk, bike or ride buses provided during the hour-long period titled the “Washington Park Crossing.”

“I’m hoping that [the crossing] will lift the curtain away or pull back whatever was clouding peoples’ ability to feel like they have access to either side,” said Arts Incubator Program Manager Allison Glenn, who curated “The Distance Between” with Logan Center Visual Arts Program Curator Monika Szewczyk.