River Assembly / Chicago Illinois USA / 2017


Description /

Floating Museum exists in the continuum of artists examining their relationship to institutions, and responds to the evolution of museums; ranging from the cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkabinett between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, transitioning to the dense accumulations of time-capsule vitrines in nineteenth century museums, and finally to the complete contrast of the highly self-conscious, contemporary art space. The idea and practice of a mobile museum might be traced from the Wunderkabinett  to Marcel Duchamp’s Boite-en-Valise (Portable Museum) from 1941 in a briefcase.  

River Assembly responds to history as a way to contemplate the present and speculate on the future of the Chicago River as a space in flux, drawing on its industrial past looking to its future as a valuable urban cultural asset.

Participating Artists /

Miguel Aguilar (aka Kane One) / Tiaybe Bledsoe / Marcus Alleyne / Hebru Brantley / Marcus Davis / Asia Delores / Bill Douglas / Louis DeMarco / Kameco Dodd / Marcus Evans / Assaf Evron / Krista Franklin / Maria Gaspar / Tracie D. Hall / Jeff Harris / Adam Hines / Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford / Yashua Klos / Gabriela Ibarra / Kopano (performance) / Faheem Majeed / Christopher Meerdo / Ciera Missick / Cecil McDonald Jr / Jesse McLean / MonAerie (performance) / Derek Moore / Dan Peterman / Cheryl Pope / Pope.L / Fernando Ramirez / Kameelah Janan Rasheed / Cauleen Smith / Sheila Smith / Edra Soto / Lan Tuazon / Maria Villarreal / Roman Villarreal / JGV/WAR (J. Gibran Villalobos & Wil A. Ruggiero) / Amanda Williams / Bernard Williams / Avery R. Young & De Deacon Board (performance)

Participating Organizations /

Dusable Heritage AssociationDusable Museum of African American HistoryGraffiti InstituteHyde Park Art CenterThe Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider ArtProject Onward / Southeast Chicago Historical Society / South Side Projections  / T.R.A.C.E  / West Pullman Park