The Presidential Library Project is the Obama Presidential Center designed and populated by artists, historians, and archivist and diffused across the City of Chicago. The Presidential Library Project presents visual and performance art and discussions that will lay a participatory, decentralized, speculative, and multi-narrative foundation for the future Obama Presidential Center to open on Chicago’s South Side in 2021.

Beer Summit: Envisioning Artistic Engagement with the Archive

What: Beer Summit: Envisioning Artistic Engagement with the Archive When: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 1:30-3:00 PM Where: Western Exhibitions, 845 W Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607   This presentation was a part of Locust Round Tables and EXPO Chicago.   Museum displays in presidential libraries are notorious for obfuscating the historical truths found in their archives. Famously, the displays in Ronald Reagan’s […]

Beer Summit: Groundbreaking, Obama’s Presidential Library and occupying and defining space

What: Beer Summit: Groundbreaking, Obama’s Presidential Library and occupying and defining space. When: Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM Where: The Chicago Cultural Center, First Floor Garland Gallery Guest: Michael Golec, Andres Hernandez, Leah Gipson   The future Obama Presidential Center has the potential to dramatically change the community within which it will be cited. […]

Beer Summit: The Black Presidential Imaginary @OpenHouse

A reception and screening featuring an array of black presidents from popular culture from the blackface to the Anger Translator.

Beer Summit: The Blacksidency and the Black Presidential Imaginary

A conversation about Obama’s presidency in relation to popular cultural imagination of a Black President.

Beer Summit: Legacy Inauguration

Artists and cultural producers have already begun writing the first draft of President Obama’s legacy into dynamic Chicago based exhibitions and collections.

Beer Summit: How’s Harold?

Beer Summit: How’s Harold? revisits the artistic and fabricated images of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington created after his sudden death in the fall the 1987.

Beer Summit: Counting and Counted at the Heartland Café

Beer Summit: Counting and Counted at the Heartland Café reflects on how and who we count. Who is allowed to cast ballots in the United State, and therefore who counts, has always been a negotiation.