Join us at In House to celebrate the recent release of ‘How to Make A Hood’ compiled by La Keisha Leek.
Books will be available for purchase, drinks and snacks will be served, and La Keisha will share a few words about the project.
About the publication:
‘How to Make A Hood’ is a published extension of an exhibition unfolding a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to Black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a Black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like ‘objecthood,’ ‘personhood,’ ‘negrohood;’ and Trayvon Martin’s hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young Black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.
Contributors include: Rashayla Marie Brown, Ashley J. Finigan, Amir George, Allison Glenn, James T. Green, Eboni Hawkins, Caroline Kent, Emily Hooper Lansana, Tony Lewis, Jasmine Murrell, Eliza Myrie, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, Casey Winkleman, Avery R. Young.
About La Keisha Leek:
La Keisha Leek is the Exhibitions and Community Programs Manager at Mana Contemporary Chicago. As an independent collaborator and exhibition-maker, select projects include: The Petty Biennial, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park (2017); Yelling At the Sky, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (2016); an Artistic Producer, the 4th annual Chicago Home Theater Festival (2016); Closer Still, Chicago Artists Coalition (2015); Another Plan, Terrain Exhibitions and Terrain South (2015); How to Make A Hood, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park (2014). From 2012-2015, she was the Executive Administrator and Special Projects Manager to artist Theaster Gates where she coordinated many artist-led programs and research residencies with artists such as Leslie Hewitt and Bethany Collins, and was Curatorial Assistant for Retreat co-organized by Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker at Richard Gray Gallery. She has held other position with artist Maria Gaspar and Open Engagement, a conference dedicated to the field of socially engaged art. She was a 2014-2015 Chicago Artists Coalition Curatorial Resident, 2016 Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow; 2016 participant of Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal; and 2017 Arts + Public Life Curatorial Collective Resident with Sadie Woods. She received her BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago.