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Art Opening: “The Pursuit of Happiness”

October 4, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join the Gender and Sexuality Center as we open an exhibition of provocative and high impact art from Chicago’s own Sam Kirk.

Sam, a multidisciplinary artist, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Kirk is the product of a working class family. Her upbringing largely contributes to the inspiration behind her work.

From the artist:

“For years, I’ve watched my communities struggle. A constant fight for love, acceptance, and respect. Often in our youth we realize that we are not the person our parents wanted us to be. ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ is an exhibition about the obstacles that LGBT youth face, finding their own voice, and celebrating identity despite societal rejection.”

Free and open to all, the GSC Flex Space is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you require additional accommodations. Refreshments will be served at the opening event!

The exhibit will remain in the GSC Flex Space through the end of November, with new pieces added next month. It will be open for viewing Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. In addition to this opening event, we will be sponsoring an Artist Talk on November 17.

If you would like to organize a group or class visit, please let us know in advance – email, call 312-413-8619 or drop by BSB 181.


October 4, 2016
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


UIC Gender and Sexuality Center


UIC Gender and Sexuality Center
1007 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60607 United States

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