MCA Studio:
All Rise

Free With Admission


Tuesdays are always FREE for Illinois residents.


This event includes a small seated meal and discussion. To reserve a seat at one of the event tables, an RSVP is required. It is not required to participate in the program.

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Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương’s, AND, AND, AND—Stammering: An Interview, 2010–present. Still from video documentation of performance at Aronson Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, New York
Photo: Melanie Crean


All Rise is a community-based event that addresses issues of institutional racism in our communities and ultimately aims to create a space for speech, performance, and critical dialogue. All Rise combines strategies from two ongoing collaborative projects: Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương’s And And And Stammering: An Interview and Jina Valentine and Heather Hart’s The Black Lunch Table.

And And And Stammering: An Interview uses a public performance of an interrogation for US citizenship of a randomly selected audience member, and is inspired by the Theater of the Oppressed techniques of Brazilian activist Augusto Boal.

Organized around literal and metaphorical lunch tables, Black Lunch Table sessions provide both physical space and allotted time for interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussions, bringing together a diversity of community members and fostering candid conversations.

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A group of dark-skinned people sit talking around a table outdoors, with other tables of people visible in the background.
Jina Valentine and Heather Hart, The Black Lunch Table, 2014. Dorchester Projects, Chicago
Image courtesy of the artists