Chicago. Wall of Respect

In the summer of 1967, during a time of political turbulence, the visual artists of the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), together with muralist William Walker, painted a group mural on the side of a semi-abandoned, two-story building on the South Side of Chicago.
Known as the Wall of Respect, the highly visible community artwork celebrated black heroes, served as a platform for performance and rallies, and engendered a sense of collective ownership within the neighborhood, inspiring community mural movements around the US and the world.
Leading up to the Wall of Respect’s 50th anniversary in 2017, this symposium invites the artists to revisit their creative political acts and to reflect on the Wall’s legacy in a public conversation with other artists and educators. Through moderated roundtables, panels, and open discussions, the symposium will address the Wall’s contributions to the artistic and political movements of its time and its continuing relevance to current times.