AfroSurreal Chicago

AfroSurreal Chicago
Presented by Devin Cain, Krista Franklin, and Alexandria Eregbu
Thursday, March 29, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

AfroSurreal Chicago is an artist collective, co-founded by interdisciplinary artists Devin Cain, Krista Franklin, and Alexandria Eregbu. They are a recipient of a 2018 ICI/Joyce Foundation Research Fellowship. The collective seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, AfroSurreal Chicago organized its first exhibition, Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited, which was on view at The Arcade Gallery at Columbia College Chicago.

For this Hub event, the collective will speak about the survey exhibition titled AfroSurreal Chicago: (Revolution) in the Service of the Marvelous, scheduled to debut in 2019. This is a group exhibition featuring new work from 22 artists currently working in Chicago, as well as some artwork from the original Marvelous Freedom, Vigilance of Desire, the world’s largest Surrealist exhibition which took place in Chicago in 1976.

With the Joyce Foundation fellowship, AfroSurreal Chicago is researching Surrealist happenings abroad and will produce a limited edition publication, (a)Ether. For its first issue, “The Marvelous: Martinique” the collective will embark on a research trip to Martinique.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with AFROSURREAL in the subject line.


This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

March 29, 2018

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Devin Cain

Devin Cain is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator. He received his B.A. in Cinema Art + Science from Columbia College Chicago and has training in theater and performance. He is a Teaching Artist for the School Fine and Performing at Columbia College Chicago. His teaching practice focuses on visual literacy, personal language and symbols, and the intersection of genre cinema and existential topics. His studio work utilizes visual and narrative strategies to comprehend an idea through evoking unconscious and transpersonal sensibilities to present a new composition of being and awareness. Devin’s films are more about the process of self-authoring and interrogation, exploring and expanding the limits of cinema’s narrative faculties by having the aesthetic exhibit the behavior of the subject’s psychic reality.

Krista Franklin

Krista Franklin’s poems and visual art have appeared in Poetry, Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, BOMB Magazine, Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K and Vol. L-Z, and the anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Willow Books published Study of Love & Black Body, her chapbook of poems, in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited at The Obama Foundation Summit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire (Season Two and Three). She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago.

Alexandria Eregbu

Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist, independent curator, and educator. Her work has been presented at the the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, The Luminary in St. Louis, Chicago Cultural Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. She has held fellowships with The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Stony Island Arts Bank, and Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Her practice has received generous support from the Propeller Fund, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and John W. Kurtich Foundation. Alexandria has been recognized by Africanah: Arena for Contemporary African, African-American, & Caribbean Art, Hyperallergic, Temporary Art Review, AFROPUNK, VAM Magazine, Time Out Chicago, and was listed in Newcity’s “Breakout Artists: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers.” She received her BFA in Performance and Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a 2016 3Arts Awardee.

RJ Eldridge

RJ Eldridge is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and educator. A graduate of the University of South Florida’s graduate program in Africana Studies, where he focused on literature and critical theory, Eldridge has engaged widely on the role of the arts in constructing identity, and seeks to contribute to contemporary discussions in performance, history, race, ontology and myth. His first collection of images and texts, Black Black Dream, is forthcoming from Candor Arts.

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