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Mirrors and Misconceptions: Gallery Talk + Collage Activity

A ornate black mirror hangs on a gallery wall

Part II in a Series of Activations Focused on Themes of Black Identity and Perception

Mirrors and Misconceptions is a special series exploring Black identity. It pairs the visual art of Fred Wilson’s Murano Glass sculpture, Act V. Scene II Exeunt Omnes—the final stage direction in Shakespeare’s Othello—with Court Theatre’s production of The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice to build conversation and community while exploring themes on how Blackness is othered and perceived.

Participants will view the Toward Common Cause exhibition at Stony Island Arts Bank. The exhibition, which was organized by the Smart Museum of Art, includes several works focusing on Black identity as well as Wilson’s sculpture, Act V. Scene II Exeunt Omnes. A gallery talk will follow to identify themes witnessed in The Tragedy of Othello that resonate with this work. Following this conversation, guests of all ages will participate in a collage activity to make their own art in creative response.

FREE, but space is limited. Please register in advance. 


Participants are encouraged to view a live or streamed performance of Court Theatre’s production of The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice prior to attending this event.

Fred Wilson, Act V. Scene II –Exeunt Omnes, 2014. Murano glass and wood, 87” x 10’8” x 8 3/8” (221 x 325.1 x 21.3 cm). © Fred Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate.