Thursday, May 07, 2009

Tonight: Friends of the Rosenwald at the Spertus for panel on the Julius Rosenwald Fund and African American Art

We're already finding we've missed a number of events for the May calendar, and one we particularly regret not giving you more of a heads up on is tonight, May 7th, at 6:00 P.M. at the Spertus Institute, Race, Culture, & Philanthropy, a panel being held presented in conjunction with the Spertus's exhibition, A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which runs through August 16th. Here's how the email describes it:
The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission and Friends of the Rosenwald Building (Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments) invite you to join them for a provocative discussion exploring the complex history of Jewish philanthropy and African American culture . . . Meet the panelists at a reception immediately following.
We've written about the Rosenwald Apartments (pictured above, as they could be again) before, and of the city's dropping the ball, especially in light of the need for athlete housing for the 2016 Olympics, by not doing anything to restore or even acquire this historic property, which has recently gone back on the market at what looks to be a bargain basement price.

James Grossman will moderate tonight's panel, which will include Cheryl Greenberg, Adam Green, Paul Mendes-Flohr, and Arthur M. Sussman. Tickets are $12.00, $8.00 for Spertus members and $5.00 for students. Call 312/322.1773. More information on-line. If you get there early you can also catch the exhibition, and, as this is a Thursday afternoon, museum admission is free.

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