December 13, 2023 - March 3, 2024
In 1919, at a segregated beach on the south side of Chicago, 17-year-old Eugene Williams was killed by a white gang after he accidentally floated across the color line. Eugene’s Cove explores the relationship between Black folks and water by imagining an underwater world where those we thought drowned sank and became something more. Drawing on mythology and historical events from across the diaspora, through 35mm film photography, soundscape, installation, and video, this exhibit immerses the viewer in a world in which Eugene’s laughter rings out, taunting “You tried to drown me, but I’m just down here thriving.”
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