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Bronzeville Art District Tour Returns This Week To Show Black Art Isn’t A Monolith

Now in its 15th year, the event is home to the largest African American art district in the nation.

The Bronzeville Art District Tour returns with a hybrid program July 16.
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BRONZEVILLE — The Bronzeville Art District Tour is back this year with a hybrid program for art lovers to enjoy virtually or in person.

Now in its 15th year, the tour celebrates the work of local and international artists with a monthly art walk featuring five venues: Blanc Gallery, Bronzeville Artist Lofts, Faie Afrikan Art, Gallery Guichard and the South Side Community Art Center.

In past years, a trolley ferried participants to and from each location, but organizers decided to do away with it this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Attendees are invited to walk or bike to each site on their own.

Gallery Guichard owners and tour organizers Andre and Frances Guichard told Block Club the response to the in-person program has been overwhelming, with people ready to gather with friends and neighbors after a hard year.

“Over 500 people have RSVP’d, and only 10 percent have opted for the virtual program, while 90 percent will be coming out. I think that speaks volumes in terms of people really wanting to interact,” Guichard said.

People will have an opportunity to see the artists in their workspaces and ask questions about their work, which is one of the tour’s main objectives: to make art more accessible, and to show “Black art isn’t a monolith.”

The virtual component will feature Gallery Guichard’s pop-up exhibition at One Two Pru, which opened in the spring. The McCray Fine Arts collection, an exhibit Gallery Guichard usually hosts in Washington, D.C., will also be available virtually and in person for viewing this year.

Sponsored by AARP and the city of Chicago, the free event is 7-10 p.m. on the third Friday of every month beginning this week. Patrons can see the tour schedule and RSVP on the official site.

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