A new exhibit featuring photos and interviews about Chicago street memorials will make its debut beginning Sept. 29 in Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
A joint project by Roosevelt University journalism professor Anne-Marie Cusac and Wisconsin photographer Thomas Ferrella, “Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials” explores the story behind 35 organic and largely obscure memorials that remember primarily those killed in Chicago neighborhoods.
Cusac and Ferrella spent more than a year traveling some of Chicago’s most violence-prone streets in order to gain an understanding of the kind of grieving that goes on in communities long after the violence is over.
They will speak about the project and their experiences during an opening night reception for “Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials,” which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Gage Gallery.
Friends and loved ones who have erected and frequently visit the memorials are expected to be at the reception, along with guides from CeaseFire Illinois and Brothers and Sisters of Love, both of whom have helped Cusac and Ferrella find the memorials and the people behind them in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham, Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Englewood, Gage Park, Little Village, Pilsen, Rogers Park and Uptown neighborhoods, to name just a few.
Curated by Gage Gallery Director Michael Ensdorf, sponsored by Roosevelt’s journalism program and made possible with generous support from Susan B. Rubnitz and Elyse Koren-Camarra, “Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials” will run through Dec. 3 at the Gage Gallery, which is considered to be Chicago’s premiere documentary photo exhibit space.
Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the Gage Gallery web page or call 312-341-6458.