The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Chicago, IL

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum launches public programming for its A Tale of Today: Materialities exhibition, challenging conventional interpretations of the Gilded Ageera Nickerson Mansion by inviting a diverse group of contemporary artists to develop new work offering a critical response to materials used in its construction and decoration. The programming includes two free community days, hands-on workshops, and panel discussions. The exhibition and its programs uncover the hidden cultural, economic, political, and ecological histories and networks reflected in the materials, inviting visitors to consider the global systems that the Nickerson family participated in to build and decorate their home with imported materials as well as the contributions of unrecognized artists and laborers from around the world who played a pivotal role in constructing it. 

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