Madness and Mysticism: A Diasporan Perspective
Opening: APRIL 14th – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition runs through June 2nd
Synthesis Seance on April 21st and 22nd
Artist Talk on May 12th
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PRESS HERE: Center for Mad Culture challenges the medical model of "mental health" and "mental illness," instead offering a new way of looking at the human experiences and cultural contributions of madness. We aim to create mad historical awareness, build personal advocacy, expand cultural expression, and engage in community activism. To accomplish all this we offer art exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops, and a mad/disability research library.
Through regular visual art exhibitions, performance art events, poetry readings, or film screenings PRESS HERE challenges us to consider how madness has been a constant part of cultural expression. This empowers us to each understand our connection to stigma, social discourse, and how we can rise above each of these.
We recognize that madness cannot be defined, though we can use it as a place of discussion. Each person will experience madness differently, and in a world which attempts to homogenize care we seek to offer individual advocacy. Through our workshops we offer tools to help mad folx find their own voice and embolden it against the stigmas of the world.
PRESS HERE offers many tools for raising awareness about mad subjects. This includes a mad research library at our studio space with many books related to madness and disability. We also offer a list of resources for mad folx who may need other resources, whether they are housing, therapy, or community.
PRESS HERE: Center for Mad Culture remains open through the generous donations of people like you. Sustaining members donate as little as $5 to $10 a month, helping us spread Mad Culture. Consider becoming a sustaining member today!
The exterior doors to the Fine Arts Building can be heavy for some folx, if you contact us ahead of your visit we will be sure to meet you out front. Otherwise, PRESS HERE is accessible to wheelchair users, this includes the restrooms on our floor.
We offer captioning services at all times through the app Ava.
We offer audio desciption tours of all exhibitions upon request.
We are located in the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. This building hosts the last manned elevator operators in Chicago, so just let them know you are headed to suite 419.
This address is just two blocks south of the Art Institute of Chicago and walking distance from the lakeshore and its bike trails.