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Created by Mexican artist Adela Goldbard, the event blends ritual fireworks and the story of a La Villita woman’s encounters on her Sunday afternoon walk through the neighborhood.

Image of performance by Adela Goldbard
Adela Goldbard, Mission Accomplished, 2016, wood, reeds, newspaper, paint, fireworks, HD video, and stereo sound. Pyrotechnic performance at Gallery Gil/Zarate, Mexico City.

 

The Last Judgment is produced by Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago in partnership with Illinois Humanities and Chicago Park District Night Out at the Parks.

Centered on the community interests of residents in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, Adela Goldbard’s The Last Judgment features large-scale sculptures built as pyrotechnic scenography for a public pyrotechnic event to be presented in Little Village on November 2nd, 2019. As a multi-part project, The Last Judgment creatively draws on Mexican traditions and artistry to spectacularly address and ritually purge the challenges facing Chicago’s Little Village.

The sculptures—built by master artisans of Artsumex collective in Tultepec (Mexico’s pyrotechnic capital)— derive from the struggles, life experiences, and resilience of Little Village residents, as well as concerns about environmental justice and gentrification. The sites, sets, and stories were collaboratively determined in a series of summer 2019 workshops that Goldbard and collaborating teaching artists held with multigenerational Little Village residents in schools, community centers, and other neighborhood locations. The Last Judgment is a bridge between organization, artists, artisans, activists, Mexican and Mexican-American communities across Chicago neighborhoods and across the border.


Ven a experimentar un espectáculo de fuegos artificiales celebrando las historias del vecindario de Little Village de la artista mexicana Adela Goldbard. Esta exhibición incluirá estructuras de papel maché, fuegos artificiales, sonido y presentaciones en vivo.

¡Gratuito y abierto a todos!

Centrado en los intereses comunitarios de los residentes del vecindario de Little Village en Chicago, El Juicio Final de Adela Goldbard incluye esculturas a gran escala construidas como escenografía pirotécnica para un performance pirotécnico público que se presentará en Little Village el 2 de noviembre de 2019. El Juicio Final retoma de manera creativa tradiciones y prácticas artesanales mexicanas para abordar de manera espectacular y purgar ritualmente los desafíos que enfrenta el barrio de Little Village.

Las esculturas, construidas por maestros artesanos del colectivo Artsumex en Tultepec (capital pirotécnica de México), se derivarán de las luchas, las experiencias de vida y la resiliencia de los residentes de La Villita, así como de sus preocupaciones sobre justicia ambiental, gentrificación y migración, entre otros temas. Los sitios, escenarios e historias reproducidos en el proyecto se determinarán de manera colaborativa durante una serie de talleres de verano que Goldbard y diversos artistas locales realizan en escuelas, centros comunitarios y otros espacios vecinales con los residentes de distintas generaciones de Little Village. El Juicio Final es un puente entre organizaciones, artistas, activistas y comunidades mexicanas y méxico-americanas de diferentes vecindarios de Chicago y de ambos lados de la frontera.


Major support for The Last Judgment is provided by The Joyce Foundation as a 2019 Joyce Award and by Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Mexico), with additional support from Illinois Humanities, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.