Corvus Gallery Archive
The Senior Art Show is a culmination of the student’s work in various mediums, from digital art and photography, to traditional painting and drawing, to three dimensional and installation-based works.
At each level of its program, students not only build skills, but also become more comfortable and confident in meeting the challenges of aesthetic self-expression.
Seniors have been working in various mediums with a diverse range of approaches and styles as evident in this show. Working alongside Lab’s Visual Arts High School faculty: Mirentxu Ganzarain, Benjamin Jaffe, Sunny Neater-Dubow, Ana Romero and Brian Wildeman, as well as Nathan Aldredge in the MakerSpace, seniors have been mentored on various artistic practices and then turned loose to explore their own approach to art making. This creative freedom has allowed students to create work that is uniquely theirs.
When MacArthur Award-winning artist Mel Chin visited New Orleans in 2006, in the wake of Hurrican Katrina, we learned about the lead contamination poisoning the city and the rest of the country for decades. "Hundreds of thousands of children were being exposed each year, with far reaching consequences that played out over lifetimes," the Fundred Project reads. "Mel believed that children should be part of the solution." Through individual drawings for the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, their voices are now represented in a powerful call for a lead-free future.
The Fundred Project is a creative currency to demonstrate how much we value the lives of children and a future free of lead poisoning. Making a Fundred dollar bill is a chance for individual self expression, collectively the Fundreds demonstrate the value placed on healthier communities, lead-free homes, and the imagination of all children.
So far, nearly half a million people have created and sent in their unique Fundreds to the Fundred Reserve Collection. As the Fundred Reserve continues to grow, we want the Fundreds’ worth applied to eliminating lead poisoning. To make sure that happens, we are presenting these drawings to our nation's leaders to support action that deals with this destructive element, once and for all. The entire Fundred Reserve has been donated to the Brooklyn Museum of Art; any Fundreds sent in through spring of 2022 will be added to the official collection at the Brooklyn Museum.
Teachers: Download lesson plans and other resources. See how other teachers have worked with the project in their classrooms.
Parents: Lead exposure affects children’s health. Fundred offers everyone in your family a chance to be represented in support of preventing lead poisoning. The whole family can take part, there is no age limit for making Fundreds.
Students: Draw a Fundred to contribute to a solution. Invite your classmates and the whole school to get involved.
Turtel Onli, MAAT, is an American artist, entrepreneur, author, art therapist, educator, and publisher. Over Onli's career, his work has touched upon a variety of disciplines in fine and applied visual art, producing works in painting, drawing, illustration, publishing, fashion, and multimedia production. Onli has authored and illustrated numerous comic books and graphic novels, including NOG, Protector of the Pyramides, Malcolm 10, Nog Nu, and Grammar Patrol. He is known as the Father of the Black Age of Comics, a movement dedicated to the promotion, creation, and support of Afrocentric comic books and graphic novels. Onli coined the term "Rhythmism" to define and interpret his stylizations, which fuse primitive and futuristic concepts. Now retired, Onli worked as an art teacher in Chicago Public Schools for more than two decades.
Turtel Onli's work will be exhibited in the Corvus Gallery August 30–December 10, 2021. Gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 pm., Monday–Friday. Visitors arriving during the school day are asked to enter through Judd Hall, wear a mask at all times, and present a photo ID at the security desk when checking in.
The Senior Art Exhibition is a culmination of the student’s work in various mediums, from digital art and photography, to traditional painting and drawing, to three dimensional and installation-based works. Seniors have been working in various mediums with a diverse range of approaches and styles as evident in this show. Working alongside Lab’s Visual Arts HS Faculty; Mirentxu Ganzarain, Benjamin Jaffe, Sunny Neater-Dubow, Ana Romero and Brian Wildeman, seniors have been mentored on various artistic practices and then turned loose to explore their own approach to art making. This creative freedom has allowed students to create work that is uniquely theirs, enjoy!
This exhibit was inspired by the artwork of Angélica Dass, award-winning photographer born in Brazil and based in Spain. Her practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in global defense of human rights. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ project—a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of humanity. Her TED Talk exceeded two million views, a testament that her work extends beyond photography, becoming a tool for social change promoting dialogue and challenging cultural prejudices.
She created project Humanæ in 2012 by taking portrait photographs and matching a strip of pixels from the noses to color cards from Pantone, an industrial color palette numbering system. The artwork is a catalogue of human skin colors displayed as a collage of Pantone portraits. The display is intended to create a dialogue about how we see each other and how we view race, ethnicity, and identity, and has included over 4,000 pictures of people in seventeen countries and twenty-seven cities around the world.
At the Laboratory Schools, art teacher Gina Alicea asked the community to participate in the project so students would engage in a dialogue about their own skin color and what it means to them. The teachers in the Nursery and Primary schools engaged students in a conversation about race, ethnicity, and identity. Ms. Alicea presented a workshop to students during Diversity Week featuring Angelica Dass’ TED Talk, The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color, prompting Middle School students to participate, as well.
YOU BE MY ALLY is a public artwork that demonstrates how art, especially when mobilizing new technologies, can provide collective and meaningful experiences within the converging social and political contexts of the Covid-19 pandemic, calls for social justice, and the national election season. Holzer uses texts from the UChicago Core curriculum, opening them up to a broader public and offering a novel introduction to K–12 students, through an augmented reality (AR) mobile app. These rich curriculum concepts, through the app, are "projected" onto the façades of selected campus buildings. This format provided a great opportunity for students to think about all the places language shows up in their communities and to generate public artwork by casting relevant quotes onto any surroundings virtually.
Jenny Holzer (b. 1950), a world-renowned conceptual and feminist artist and alumna of the College at the University of Chicago, was awarded UChicago's Rosenberger Medal in 2019. To increase community access to public art on campus and in the city of Chicago, the University commissioned the artist to create a site-specific artwork: a FREE web-based augmented reality (AR) app, and trucks circulating Hyde Park and neighboring communities. Photo by Nanda Lanfranco.