Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited

January 28 - March 15, 2013 EXTENDED To March 22, 2013

Reception: January 31, 5-8PM

Taking its cue from San Francisco-based writer and performer D. Scot Miller’s AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the New Black, Marvelous Freedom: Vigilance of Desire, Revisited is a group exhibition that explores Chicago’s contemporary and emerging artists of color who approach art-making through an Afro-Surrealist lens. Curated by School of the Art Institute of Chicago BFA candidate, Alexandria Eregbu, Marvelous Freedom: Vigilance of Desire, Revisited engages the richness of Chicago’s Surrealist history in order to extend, expand, and re-impose new visions of 21st century Afro-Surrealist aesthetics and cultural concerns, reexamining the first Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, the Surrealist exhibition that took place in Chicago in 1976.

Curated by: Alexandria Eregbu

Artists include: Devin Cain, Krista Franklin, Kenrick McFarlane, Stephen Flemister, Avery r. young, Hannah Rodriguez, Chelsea Sheppard, Michael Tousana, Cecil McDonald, Jr., Christina Long, and Cameron Welch.


Wednesday, January 30th 4:30 - 6:00pm: Conversation with D. Scot Miller, LeRoy Neiman Center, SAIC, 37 S. Wabash AveStudent group BaSAIC (Black at SAIC) hosts San Francisco-based writer and performer, D. Scot Miller, author of “Afro-Surreal Manifesto: Black is the New Black.”

Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00-1:00pm: Noontime lecture with D. Scot Miller, Arcade Gallery, 618 S. Michigan AVE 2nd fl. D. Scot Miller discusses his work with Afro-Surrealism.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 2:00 - 5:00pm: What Is Afro-Surreal? Tempestt Hazel leads a conversation with Marvelous Freedom artists and Penelope Rosemont, cofounder of the Chicago Surrealist movement. Garland Room, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 2:00 - 5:00pm: A Conversation With The Artists, This program examines artists' work affiliated with the show, including readings and performances. The South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Avenue.

Exhibition Contact:  Justin Witte/

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Media and Reviews:

Black To The Future: Interview With Krista Franklin

Sixty Inches From Center Interview with Alexandria Eregbu

Sixty Inches From Center Interview with Avery R. Young

Video Interview with Curator and Artist: Alexandria Eregbu and D.Scot Miller

Purchase: AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the new black

A 21st century manifesto by D. Scot Miller