Aurora Public Art Presents: Reanimation: The Last Event on May 18

Aurora Public Art is hosting a hip-hop tribute on Saturday, May 18 from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the closing of their current exhibit, Reanimation, which addresses social identities and cultural misconceptions about men of color in the U.S.

Kevin Coval, poet and founder of Louder Than a Bomb, will be talking with artists Jamiah Calvin and Stephen Signa-Aviles. This artist panel discussion will open with spoken word by local poets, and close with DJ Rogue spinning for local break-dancers. Stick around to dance, meet the artists, and purchase a limited edition catalog of art from the exhibit, with words by Kevin Coval. $15 donation for catalogs.

$5 suggested donation for entry. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About the artists:

Stephen Signa-Aviles’ family has lived in Aurora since the 1930s. He recently moved to Champaign to attend grad school at the University of Illinois. Aurora locals may recall seeing his work at ArtBar, meticulously-crafted sculptures built from sneakers and shoeboxes. www.signa-aviles.com  

Jamiah Calvin grew up on the west side of Chicago and recently graduated from NIU with a BFA in Painting. His superpower lies in using bold color to paint poignantly expressive portraits. This exhibit will feature his series of oil paintings on copper.  www.squareone.gallery/jamiah-calvin

Sponsored by the City of Aurora

Aurora Public Art receptions and open gallery hours are free, open to the public, and appropriate for children. Donations are always appreciated and are used to pay fair wages to artists for their services: www.communityfoundationfrv.org/profile/aurora-art-fundFor more information, visit www.aurora-il.org/329/Public-Art-Commission, www.facebook.com/aurorapublicart, www.instagram.com/aurorapublicart, or email jevans@aurora-il.org.

Photo by Jason Arthur/Courtesy of Aurora Downtown