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Take Care, Be Well

Video Still, Chicago DSS: Division 7, Division 4, Division 2, Division 6 by Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Julian Flavin with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, 2019.

March 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Marking the end of the Smart Museum’s exhibition Take Care, and situated one year after Chicago’s stay-at-home order, “Take Care, Be Well” is a day-long series of live-streamed experiences and recorded content created by artists, students, community partners, and educators.

From artmaking to music, lullabies, film, and so much more, these offerings of care reveal the myriad ways we may turn toward each other for mutual support, sustenance, and compassion.

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Livestream Schedule

Join the livestream, browse the complete schedule, and get more information on the “Take Care, Be Well” project page. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021
11–11:15 am
Spring Toward the Light

A short opening ritual to honor the losses from the past year and to celebrate the promise of new life, presented by Nicole Bond.

11:15–11:30 am
Close Looking: Translated Vase

An exploration of Yeesookyung's Translated Vase, led by Gary Kafer.

11:45 am–12:15 pm • Register for Zoom link
Care Memos

Experience sound offerings of care for Black women and learn how to get involved in this project led by Leilani Douglas as part of in ℅: Black women.

12:30–1 pm
Quarantine Times Book Release Celebration

A live-streamed panel and book release from Public Media Institute.

1:30–2 pm • Register for Zoom link

Join Sam Banerjee for a discussion of Syringe, an exhibition-in-development. Presented with Red Line Service.

2–3:15 pm
Chicago DSS: Division 7, Division, 4, Division 2, Division 6
Special screening of Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Julian Flavin’ 2019 film with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, which was included in Take Care

3:30–4 pm
Echoing Care

A reflection and recital from the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, featuring dean Maurice Charles and carillonneur Joey Brink. 

4:15–4:30 pm
Bethany Collins, a Reading

Multidisciplinary artist Bethany Collins reflects on care with a reading.
5–5:15 pm
Wiggly Wonderful Worms

At-home composting project for families, led by Erik L. Peterson. 

5:15–5:45 pm
One Seed at a Time

Caring for ourselves by caring for organic mammoth sunflowers, presented by Rita Alvarez and Kathryn Fitzgerald. 

6–6:45 pm • Register for Zoom link
Take Care: An Art Lesson

An art-making workshop reflecting on homelife during the pandemic, led by UChicago undergraduates Sarahi Rincon Molina, ’23, Juan Pablo Azuero-Dajud, ’21, and Stella Shiffrin, ’22. 

7–7:45 pm
Bedtime Stories and Lullabies

Jo McEntee and Erik L. Peterson read their own original stories about taking care and care-taking. 

8–8:30 pm
A Candlelight Sonic Supper with Angel Bat Dawid

Sonic supper by candlelight, with instruments for food and nourishment of the heart for all those in attendance.

Image: Video Still, Chicago DSS: Division 7, Division 4, Division 2, Division 6 by Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Julian Flavin with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, 2019.