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 and independent curator. At her core, Alexandria is most passionate about re-imagining 21st century possibilities for creative practice through service and support structures that promote accessibility for communities engaging the arts. Her early interests in civic justice were initially fostered through her involvement with TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, and Environment) a creative leadership program facilitated through the Chicago Park District between 2013-2017. As an artist, Alexandria’s dynamic practice has illuminated pathways globally, nationally, and throughout the Midwest. She has held fellowships with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International (New Orleans, New York City, Martinique); and The Camargo Foundation/3Arts Residency (France). Amongst her curatorial projects includes: du monde noir, an artistically run collective which seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. Alexandria serves as a Curator of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities and their two-year initiative, ‘Envisioning Justice.’ She is an MA Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Critical Studies.

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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