Chicago Bean Statue to be featured in ‘Faces of Our Time’ exhibition
The Chicago Bean sculpture, which was commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and is located in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will be featured during a two-week exhibition opening on March 17, 2018.
The installation was made possible by the generous support of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, which donated the sculpture.
The exhibit will highlight the legacy of African Americans in Chicago, the city’s African American history and culture, the importance of African-American art in African American communities, and the role of African art in the development of Chicago’s economy and society.
The Chicago Bean was one of the most iconic sculptures of African immigrants to Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s.
Its appearance in the Chicago Tribune on March 15, 1920, heralded a new era of African representation in American art, architecture, architecture history, and culture.
The statue is also one of four Chicago Public Art sculptures that were installed in 2017 in Chicago and New York City.