In the words of Boyz II Men, "it's so hard to say goodbye".
We opened in December 2006. Not really knowing how to make it all work. We exposed ourselves to people, places and everything else in our attempt to create a culture and environment that was truly unique. Embracing the south side community of Bridgeport, it embraced us right back. Making mistakes along the way and celebrating many successes, the past two years has been a professional and personal journey.
The 32nd&urban Team, must now announce, with a heavy heart, the closure of the 3201 South Halsted Street location. Proudly, some really great shows opened with Urban's signature black tin ceiling and mosaic tile floors accompanied by the curatorial flavor of Peter Kepha, along with a fine selection of Chicago's best deejays, a collage of wonderful sponsorships, helpful friends (you know who you all are!), interns, and family, and last but definitely not least, the always amazing collection of Artists- local and beyond Chicago borders. We thank you ALL for believing in us!
So why? There is a new police station opening across the street from the gallery. With this said, our new neighbors are making it difficult for us to continue what we do. That's it.
This doesn't mean 32nd&urban is dead. We are very much alive. Peter Kepha and Lauren Pacheco will be keeping Urban alive. They have been scouting alternative locations and playing around with non-traditional gallery exhibition opportunities among other special projects like publications and arts programming.
As we say goodbye to our home, we invite you to celebrate and help us keep up the spirit of 32nd&urban: gallery/space through this special fundraiser event.
LIQUIDS, GOOD MUSIC, DANCING AND FRIENDS!
You might even get a chance to leave your own mark on the walls that have held some of Chicago's most favorite art makers!
Peep the flyer invite below and we hope to see you all very, very, very soon!
IT'S A PARTY YA'LL!!