Art ID1190
Classification Painting - Other - Acrylic Mural  
Artist Marcus Akinlana; Hector Duarte; Olivia Gude; Nina Smoot-Cain; Roberto Valadez; John Weber  
Title of Work Communidad Si, It Takes a Vision 
Print Issue  
Date Made 1991  
Dimensions: (in inches) Height: 500 sq. ft.     


Biographical information?

The collaborating artists span three generations of mural artists, all of whom are active in the mural movement today and who have collaborated on projects throughout Chicago. Their goal was to provide a metaphor for the city itself, focusing on people rather than a physical setting. In accord with their understanding of the vision of the late mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington, the artists portrayed the city he loved as the joint creation of diverse populations and neighborhoods, generation after generation. The mural evokes the city’s industrial past as well as fresh images for the late mayor’s (and the artists’) hopes for the city’s renewal. The piece is firmly centered on the positive dynamic of people actively cooperating to accomplish shared goals, but the peripheries suggest the negative potentials of conflict, marginalization, and apathy.