Open Dialogue: Generational Inequality and the Environment

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Featured images

A dark-skinned older man sits at a table illuminated by a desk lamp on an otherwise pitch-black stage. He looks at one sheet of paper and tosses another to the floor.
William Pope.L, Cage Unrequited, 2013. New York, NY
Photo: Paula Court, courtesy of the artist and Performa
Jenny Kendler
Photo: Clayton Hauck for the Chicago Reader


Furthering the Dialogue Series on inheritance, and coinciding on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, this open conversation with visitors asks us to consider the environmental realities we are leaving for the next generation. Artist Pope.L invites collaborators from Flint, Michigan, who are dealing first hand with their water crisis, and local environmental activists here in Chicago including artist Jenny Kendler and scholar Rachel Havrelock to envision an alternate future for our children to inherit.

About the Series

The Dialogue Series is a museum-wide commitment to sustained inquiry about museum practice, access, and inclusion. Each annual series includes eminent speakers presenting innovative work happening across disciplines, panel discussions, and opportunities for open dialogue between local arts professionals and audiences. Dialogue is organized by Curator January Parkos Arnall with the Performance and Public Practice team.


Major support is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein, Zell Family Foundation, and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Generous support is provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation, and Caryn and King Harris.