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Opening: Of Her Becoming: Elizabeth Catlett’s Legacy in Chicago

June 14, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Portrait of a figure from the chest up, wearing a wide brimmed hat and dark jacket over a white shirt fastened with a safety pin.
Elizabeth Catlett, Sharecropper, 1965. Linocut Edition, Landau Exhibitions.

Celebrate with Arts + Public Life at the opening reception for Of Her Becoming: Elizabeth Catlett’s Legacy in Chicago. The exhibition highlights the printmaking, work, and impact of influential artist and activist Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) within an important site in Catlett’s career: Chicago’s South Side. It includes several of Catlett’s lithograph and woodcut prints as well as work of contemporary Black women printmakers on the South Side. Of Her Becoming sheds new light on the significance of Catlett’s time on Chicago’s South Side, how this period revolutionized her artistic practice, and how her practice still impacts artists and community organizers on the South Side.

The exhibition also features work by contemporary printmakers Rebel Betty,  Davis Fegan, and Krista Franklin.

Presented at Arts + Public Life’s (APL’s) Arts Incubator Gallery, an important community keystone of APL’s Arts Block, Of Her Becoming engages APL’s neighbors, youth enrolled in APL’s programs, and local and regional artistic and scholarly communities. This exhibition and related programs offer lessons for today from Catlett’s legacy of advocating, through her artwork, for the well–being and advancement of her communities.



Friday, June 14, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Free Admission

Wheelchair Accessible


South Side
Life-long Learners, Scholars
Free Admission, Wheelchair Accessible
Event Topics
Activism, Community, Racial Identity, Women Artists




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