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Chicago Archives + Artists Festival – May 19-21

May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - May 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

May 19, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm (Archive Lovers Night + Screening w/ On The Real Film and Media Burn)
May 20 – 21, 2017 | 11am – 3pm (All-Day Panels + Projects)

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Volunteer at CA+AF and/or join our Community Archiving Training w/ Read/Write (May 13)

As part of a residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Sixty Inches From Center presents a three-day festival around all things archiving as well as education and community autonomy in documentation. Artists, collectors, curators, gallery and project space heads, archivists, librarians, and all other lovers of ephemera, storytelling, and documentation are invited to discover or share their experience with the endless ways that anyone can learn from and contribute to Chicago’s various cultural histories and the repositories that hold them.

The opening night’s Archive Lovers Cocktail Hour will be a gathering and celebration of local archive lovers and nurturers, a space welcoming Chicago’s artists, archivists, librarians, writers, researchers, curators and others who consider repositories as key to the work that they do or are interested in doing. Drinks and conversation will be followed by a curated screening between Media Burn and On The Real Film featuring new projects and archival materials.

The weekend will feature installations by local archives, DIY archiving stations for artist file building, tutorials on free open-source tools, a workshop on getting your artist affairs in order for emergency purposes, and a roll call that highlights archives, special collections, and libraries that have holdings specifically relevant to the communities often omitted from dominant cultural and historical narratives.

Throughout the weekend, we will be conducting public interviews and file building sessions with key contributors to Chicago’s art and culture. List of artists to be released in the weeks leading up to the event.

Our growing list of partners include the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Dominican University, That Belongs In A Museum!, Read/Write Library, Harold Washington Library’s Chicago Artists Archives, Media Burn, On The Real Film, Stockyard Institute, and The Visualist. (If you’re interested in collaborating with us on this event, contact Tempestt Hazel here.)

Learn the basics of Sixty’s archiving work and what it takes to create your own artist file:


May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
May 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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