Imaginary Homelands, 2020, video still

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and a renewed reckoning over racial justice and inequality, The Long Dream invites visitors to see the city of Chicago, the world, and themselves, through the eyes of more than 70 local artists whose work offers us ways to imagine a more equitable and interconnected world.

Named after the 1958 novel by socially committed author Richard Wright, The Long Dream brings together work by both emerging and established Chicago artists, and includes painting, performance, sculpture, video, and sound art. The exhibition extends beyond the gallery walls into the digital space, culminating in a live arts event in January where artists from across the exhibition will share their work.

The Long Dream is organized collectively by the Artistic Division, which includes the museum's curatorial, learning, and content teams. It is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art on the museum's fourth floor.

Participating artists, amongst others: Candida Alvarez, Kirsten Leenaars, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Riva Lehrer, Claire Pentecost, Cheryl Pope, and Rhonda Wheatley, Brendan Fernandes, Edra Soto, Sadie Woods, Dawoud Bey, Nick Cave, Julia Fish, Jim Nutt, William Pope.L, Amanda Williams, Selina Trepp, Lise Haller Bagessen, The Floating Museum, Jefferson Pinder, Alberto Aguilar, Joanna Furnans, Derek McPhatter, Darling Shear


Nov 7, 2020–Jan 17, 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

220 E Chicago Ave, , IL 60611

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Artist talk: The Politics of Imagination with Kirsten Leenaars


12:00 pm (PDT)

All ages, FREE

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Join us on Zoom for a virtual screening of Kirsten Leenaars’ work (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles (2018) followed by an artist’s talk, “(Re)Housing the American Dream and the Politics of Imagination.”  

Who gets to imagine what? The act of imagining itself is not a fair, objective, or equitable thing. So what happens when you follow the same group of twenty-two American born and refugee youth over a period of years and ask them collectively to imagine different future scenarios, reframe-histories, and contextualize their own lived experiences and truth? Kirsten Leenaars’ (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles is part of an ongoing community-based performative documentary project, set in the city of Milwaukee, that explores the role of film as political action, and examines the politics of imagination through the act of collective making.

(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, 2018, video still

Luminocity by Kamloops Art Gallery

Dates: October 23-31 2020

Recurrence: Recurring daily

Location: Downtown Kamloops and Riverside Park

Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM


Luminocity returns this fall for its fourth biennial iteration. A week-long video art exhibition, Luminocity showcases video projects by artists from across the country in public spaces throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. As an off-site Kamloops Art Gallery initiative, Luminocity embraces new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field and brings recent video projects previously shown primarily in gallery settings to the outdoors.

Inspired by popular public art events such as Nuit Blanche that take over major cities throughout Canada, previous Luminocity events have transformed Kamloops’ urban environment with projections on the facades of buildings and from storefront windows, along with site specific installations at Riverside Park.

Participating artists: Bertille Bak / Shirley Bruno / Levi Glass / Adad Hannah / Sky Hopinka / Sandeep Johal / Jessica Karuhanga / Jessie Kobylanski / Kirsten Leenaars / Caroline Monnet / Yoshua Okón / Isabelle Pauwels / Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner / Marina Roy / Tania Willard

Luminocity is a free, public event happening after dark. Please set aside an evening or two to visit downtown Kamloops and take in all that this outdoor media event offers.

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