MCA Studio:
Samantha Hill, Uma Celebração da Cultura

Free With Admission

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A Samba showgirl dressed in an elaborate gold feather and beaded costume leads a parade with a marching band following behind her on a hot summer day.
Dill Costa with the Evanston Escola de Samba Band
Courtesy of the artist


Artist Samantha Hill orchestrates a participatory dance and live music performance with members of Chicago’s vibrant Samba community. Samba group Bossa Tres, featuring artists Dillzinha Costa and Marcos Oliveira, are joined by pasista Tania Daley. Together they guide and inspire visitors in a carnival-style performance and workshop.

Uma Celebração da Cultura is the second in a series of three public programs titled The Happenings, which were devised by Hill for the MCA. For this series, Hill explored the MCA’s archives in order to develop interactive programs that consider different aspects of the museum’s history. Tonight’s program is in response to the MCA’s history of showcasing live dance and music performances.

About the Artist

Samantha Hill is a Chicago-based artist whose work emphasizes archives, social projects, and art facilitations. By assuming the role of artist as archivist, Hill applies her research to construct multimedia installations and performances within landmark buildings and community spaces, which are then transformed into an immersive or interactive environment. Hill has received several honors including the International Sculpture Center Award in 2006 and 2008, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Trustee Merit Scholarship in Sculpture, and the Philadelphia Sculptors Award, as well as a nomination for a 3Arts Award: Teaching Artist category in 2014. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design.