From October 20, 2018 through January 12, 2019 Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) will present its latest exhibition "Waiting for a Sign" featuring artwork from Willie Baronet (Dallas, TX), Diana Guerrero-Macia (Chicago, IL), Corey Hagelberg (Miller Beach, IN), Cheryl Pope (Chicago, IL), Kay Rosen (Miller Beach, IN), Joel Ross (Champaign, IL), Deb Sokolow (Chicago, IL), and Bernard Williams (Chicago, IL).
Either figuratively or literally, and whether from God or Mother Nature, "Waiting for a Sign" explores the use of signage, text, and iconography—visual images and symbols—in the work of eight contemporary artists.
We encounter signs every day. From billboards to businesses to our own front yards, signage is part of the typical American landscape. Originally a tool for identification, signs have arguably evolved from an advertising medium to a fine art. Signage has a multitude of jobs: to provide a persuasive message or one of protest; to instruct; to direct; or to provide tools to navigate a search for meaning and truth. Accordingly, these eight artists employ and transform visual language to deliver messages of environmental justice, protest, personal identity, and hope. The work included in this show marries verbal and visual communication. Considering text as shape, form, and action, the artists use humor, plain text, and provocative statements to engage us.
On Friday, November 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM (CDT) LCA will host an opening reception for "Waiting for a Sign". Enjoy conversations with the artists, as well as light bites and a cash bar. Admission is free of charge.
On Saturday, November 3 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM (CDT) Willie Baronet will present his feature length documentary "Signs of Humanity". Admission is free of charge.
"Signs of Humanity" is a documentary film that explores inter-related themes of home, homelessness, compassion, and humanity. Artist and professor Willie Baronet purchased more than 1,300 homeless signs over the past 24 years, and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness. During the month of July, 2014, Willie and three filmmakers drove across the country, interviewing more than 100 people on the streets and purchasing over 280 signs.
On Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 AM to noon (CST) guests can enjoy a curator-led tour with Director of Exhibitions Lora Fosberg. Learn about the artwork and artists' intentions during this interactive tour. Admission is free of charge.