23 2 / 2012
Good News Only is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition curated by students from Senn High School, entitled Forever Young. Forever Young will be on view through May 25, 2012. A reception will be held Saturday, March 3rd from 4-8pm. Good News Only teen curators (Bridget Agyeiwah, Muluken Habtamu, Asante Lofton, Jackie Mauleon, Pascal Ndabarushimana, Zoe Steinhardt) will be available to answer questions about the exhibition during the reception.
Good News Only teen curators opted to make an exhibition about something they know a lot about. We brainstormed topics familiar to them including schoolwork, books, movies, fashion. Ultimately music was the biggest influence. Forever Young was inspired by Jay Z’s song of the same title. The song invokes hope, ambition, legacy, and never giving up on your dreams. Lyrics such as “May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows,” remind us to be positive and optimistic. “Life is for living not living uptight,” prompts us to relax, be carefree, playful and without worry - no matter what age we are. Describing the exhibition, teen curator Zoe Steinhardt says: “Forever Young is how kids see things and what can live forever.”
We created three criteria for selecting artwork for Forever Young: literal, material, and emotional. Among the selection, viewers will see artworks that literally have children playing, for example Marvin Newman’s photograph of a girl and her chalk drawing. There are works that have subjects that conjure childhood memories, such as Mark Cohen’s photograph of a kid buying candy. Forever Young also includes works that use materials associated with youth such as Christina Long’s installation of dolls and drawings and Regin Igloria’s painted wilderness patch. We also incorporated works that are interactive and amusing, such as Amber Ginsburg & Lia Rousset’s tap shoes, Aram Han’s safety pin mandalas and Nico Gardener’s string puppet. Additional works by Tony Fitzpatrick, Mary King, Ivan Martinez, CJ Pyle, and Zoe Strauss are on view.
The mission of Good News Only is to teach local youth how to manage a fine art gallery and thus build their critical thinking and work-study skills, to unite various socio-economic groups in the community, and to develop public art around Chicago. We are seeking our 501(c)(3) and rely on the generosity of our donors to continue to offer free programs.
Good News Only is hosting receptions for Neighborhood Nights on Tuesday, March 6th from 6-8pm and Spotlight on Edgewater on Wednesday, March 7th from 6-8pm. Both events will be at 5604 N. Ridge.