Open Dialogue: Generational Inequality and the Environment

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Featured images

A dark-skinned older man sits at a table illuminated by a desk lamp on an otherwise pitch-black stage. He looks at one sheet of paper and tosses another to the floor.
William Pope.L, Cage Unrequited, 2013. New York, NY
Photo: Paula Court, courtesy of the artist and Performa
Jenny Kendler
Photo: Clayton Hauck for the Chicago Reader
Rachel Havrelock
Photo: UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Furthering the Dialogue Series on inheritance, and coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, this open conversation with visitors over video conference asks us to consider the environmental realities we are leaving for the next generation.

The discussion is related to the exhibition Water After All and includes artist Pope.L and collaborators on his Flint Water project What Pipeline; local Chicago water activist and artist Jenny Kendler; and scholar Rachel Havrelock. The speakers will invite participants to work together in envisioning an alternate future for our children to inherit.

This conversation takes place over Zoom video conference and will be streamed on the MCA's Facebook page. The panelists and moderator will be visible, all other participants in the Zoom room will be invited to share their thinking via the chat function and may be asked to contribute verbally over their computer's audio lines. The moderator will also be sharing comments made on Facebook in the Zoom call to incorporate as many voices and perspectives as possible.

About the Series

The Dialogue Series is a museum-wide commitment to sustained inquiry about museum practice, access, and inclusion. Each annual series includes eminent speakers presenting innovative work happening across disciplines, panel discussions, and opportunities for open dialogue between local arts professionals and audiences. Dialogue is organized by Curator January Parkos Arnall with the Performance and Public Practice team.


Major support is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein, Zell Family Foundation, and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Generous support is provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation, and Caryn and King Harris.