This month’s forecast includes vast geography, musicality, and respect, all played out in the first three weeks. Outside temperatures may vary, but the artists and projects featured by the Guild this April are hot.

We jump right in on Monday, April 6, with a continuation of our new series foregrounding Asian / American authors and themes, coordinated by Dipika Mukherjee. The Alphabet of Distant Harbours will mark distance with language and memory, and features the dynamic stories of Toni Nealie, Zhou Sivan, and Angela Narciso Torres.

Mid-month we return to our regularly featured program Palabra Pura, with special guests Rodrigo Toscano and Duriel E. Harris featured on Wednesday, April 15. The poet Daniel Borzutzky coordinated this program, titled Borderless Bodies, which features multilingual and polyphonic poetry, music, and more.

To cap off our April programs, a celebration. The Guild Complex has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to present The Wall of Respect and People’s Art Since 1967 Symposium with a launch event on April 17. The Wall of Respect was a South Side Chicago community mural created by the artists of the Organization of Black American Culture and William Walker. This special event kicks off a two-year critical conversation on the wall its legacy in advance of the 50th anniversary in 2017.

As always, there is much to see, do, and contemplate with the Guild Complex this month. We look forward to seeing you often.

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