Producing Local Color Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago

ISBN-10: 0226305171
ISBN-13: 9780226305172
Edition: 2010
Authors: Diane Grams
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298

In big cities, major museums and elite galleries tend to dominate our idea of the art world. But beyond the cultural core ruled by these moneyed institutions and their patrons are vibrant, local communities of artists and art lovers operating beneath the high-culture radar.Producing Local Coloris a guided tour of three such alternative worlds that thrive in the Chicago neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Pilsen, and Rogers Park. These three neighborhoods are, respectively, historically African American, predominantly Mexican American, and proudly ethnically mixed. Drawing on her ethnographic research in each place, Diane Grams presents and analyzes the different kinds of networks of interest and support that sustain the making of art outside of the limelight. And she introduces us to the various individualsfrom cutting-edge artists to collectors to municipal plannerswho work together to develop their communities, honor their history, and enrich the experiences of their neighbors through art. Along with its novel insights into these little examined art worlds,Producing Local Coloralso provides a thought-provoking account of how urban neighborhoods change and grow.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction
From the Blues to Black Chicago
Art and Urban Places in the Twenty-First Century
Design of the Study
Finding a Research Method
Structure of the Book
Theory of Local Art Production Networks
From Individual to Network Perspectives
Production of Culture as a Research Perspective
Types of Local Art Production Networks
Conclusions
Local Places
Chicago as a Model of a City
Revalorizing the City Center and Surrounding Locales
Local People and Local Color
Change after the Modern Industrial Era
Conclusions
Community-Based Art and Ideologies of Local Participation
Mid-Century Arts Activism in Chicago
A Museum to Represent �a Community�
Community-Based as Activating a Community
Formalization of the Community-Based Approach
Pursuit of Institutional Legitimacy
Intersection of Political and Cultural Capital
Conclusions
Aesthetic Networks and Cultural Capital
Sociology and Aesthetics
Participants and Resources
Distinction of the Black Middle Class
How Collections Manage the Uncertainty of Subjective Judgment
Men's Work versus Women's Work
Formal Art Organizations and Art Markets in Bronzeville
Conclusions
Autonomy Networks and Artistic Control
Cutting-Edge Artists in Podville
Transnational: Freedom from Ethnicity
A Network of Museum-Quality Artists
Conclusions
Problem-Solving Networks and Social Stability
A Context of Cultural Diversity and Progressive Politics
Facing a Mile-Long Cement Wall
Problem-Solving Ethos in Rogers Park
Using Murals to Redefine Space
Rogers Park Business and Arts Networking Group
Conclusions
Gentrification Networks and the Whitewashing of Culture
Gentrification and Urban Transformation
Theories of Gentrification
Gentrification in Chicago
Gentrification: Establishment of Arbitrary Privileges
Exclusive Spaces for Elite-Culture Consumers
The Ethnically Driven Stability Machine
Conclusions
Empowerment Networks and the Restoration of Local Culture
A Place That History Passed By
An Empowerment Network
Contradiction and Innovation Surrounding the Bronzeville Landmarks
Local Investment Circuit
Advocates for a Fair Share of the Public Goods
Circuit of Artists and Administrators
Bronzeville as a Symbol of History and the Locale
Conclusions
Post-Urban Culture?
Researching Art in the Twenty-First Century
Importance of a New Framework
The Future of Race and Ethnicity
Unanswered Questions
Interviews
Notes
References
Index

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