Lavar Munroe to Speak and Exhibit at EXPO Chicago

Concurrent with Jenkins Johnson Gallery's presentation of his work at EXPO Chicago from September 13 - 17, Lavar Munroe will speak on the panel, Race and Representation in Contemporary Institutions,moderated by Perry Irmer, president and CEO, the DuSable Museum of African American History. Other panelists include Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator, National Museum of African American History & Culture, and Bomi Odufunade of Dash & Rallo Art Advisory.

Among the talks in the 30-panel program, boldly titled “/Dialogues,” is “Make New History: Photography in the Expanded Field of Architecture,” which will include contributions from Adam Caruso, Thomas Demand, Florian Idenburg, and Luisa Lambri, and which will be moderated by Jesús Vassallo. Other discussion topics will include criticism in a post-truth era (ARTnews Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas will be on this panel), the work of the Italian collective SuperDesign, and race and museums today.


The Sharjah Art Foundation’s president and director, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi; artist Michael Rakowitz, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Curator Naomi Beckwith are among those expected to speak as part of the “/Dialogues” program.


A participant in Okwui Enwezor’s 56th Venice Biennale "All the World's Futures", Munroe presents a series of visual expressions of painted wall works, drawings, and sculpture assemblage and collage, including multiple pieces of found or discarded materials torn, cut, glued, stapled and stitched into a larger whole.  Munroe’s work often reflects on his childhood experiences, mapping a personal journey of survival and trauma in a world of gang violence, drugs, murder, self-discovery, development and overcoming obstacles through self-determination. Though inspired by the past, Munroe’s loud, energetic and unapologetic visual language confronts contemporary society and the strained and difficult relationships between authority and people of color.