Sixty Inches From Center Presents Chicago Archives + Artist Festival

Opening Friday, May 19th, at 6 PM

As part of a residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Sixty Inches From Center presents a free 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 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, a crowdsourced Chicago art timeline from 1980 to today, 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.

Artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes will create a site-specific mural in response to the The Visualist’s archival installation and we will have photographer Sara Pooley setting up shop to take portraits of everyone who walks into our space.

Then, 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.

**Come with all of the ephemera that you would like to donate or digitize and have added to the Chicago Artist Files.**

Find out more about the programming and schedule at the link below.