The Floating Museum collective will enhance its current public art initiative, Cultural Transit Assembly, with lively public performances taking place on a pair of artist-designed Green Line ‘L’ train cars and at EXPO CHICAGO the week of September 16.
Launched this summer, Cultural Transit Authority is activating Chicago neighborhoods along the Chicago Transit Authority’s Green Line ‘L,’ from Austin to Englewood, through the Fall. This free, public series includes Chicago artist exhibitions mounted at Austin Town Hall Park and Garfield Park, and a gigantic inflatable sculpture, “Founders,” paying tribute to the City’s founders which has been stationed next to the Green Line at various stops. Plus, connecting the sites, a two-car ‘L’ train currently travels the Green Line route featuring custom artwork commemorating Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Chicago’s first non-indigenous settler, and his wife Kitihawa from the Potawatomi tribe.
Launching Monday, September 16, these two ‘L’ train cars, deemed the ‘Soul EL,’ will offer pop- up performances by Chicago musicians and other performance artists daily at noon. The roster includes Corey Wilkes and Meagan McNeal (Sept. 16), Mesha Arant (Sept. 17), Maceo Haymes (Sept. 18), Sam Trump (Sept. 19), and Maggie Brown (Sept. 20).
‘Founders’ will be installed at Hadiya Pendleton Park (4345 S. Calumet Avenue) Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17; on those dates, those wanting to view the train performances are encouraged to meet in advance at the Park at 11am to ‘catch the Soul EL.’
‘Founders’ will then take its place outside of EXPO CHICAGO on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 19-22. In connection with the EXPO CHICAGO installation, the Floating Museum presents ‘translator’ with The Founders Syndicate featuring Corey Wilkes. This three-part free jazz activation, taking place adjacent to the ‘Founders’ inflatable installation, will merge sound, ritual and spoken word as a spiritual offering to the ‘first woman’ of Chicago, Kitihawa (Jean Baptiste Point DuSable’s partner, instrumental in the founding of the city). Parts I & II will be performed Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6pm, with Part III culminating the program Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11am.
All of these related performances are free and open to the public.