Pamela Bannos’s Shifting Grounds: Block 21 and Chicago’s MCA, included in The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, explores the history of the MCA’s location between Michigan Ave. and the lake. Each talk in this series explores a different chapter in this history.
About the Artist
Pamela Bannos utilizes methods of research that highlight the forgotten and overlooked, exploring the links between visual representation, urban space, history and collective memory. An exhibiting artist since the 1980s, Bannos has shown her photographic works nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, England (1992), and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York (2003). Her art practice has branched out from creating photographic works that incorporate found imagery to also include research projects that are site-specific and/or web-based. Since launching Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park in 2008, Bannos has given presentations to audiences crossing over into disciplines that include archaeology, history, and genealogy. Pamela Bannos is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice where she has taught since 1993. She has a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Drake University, and an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.