Past Event

Aggie: Art, Justice, & Philanthropy



Please join us for a two-part experience:

First, between October 14th and October 16th, have your own private screening of the feature-length documentary Aggie, which explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director, Catherine Gund, focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change.

Then, on Friday, October 16 at 12 PM CT, join a conversation between the filmmaker, artists Maria Gaspar and Xaviera Simmons, and Terrence Bogans of the Art for Justice Fund. This conversation will be moderated by Mae Hong, Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and our board chair at Illinois Humanities.

While justice-minded communities increasingly call for the reallocation of civic funds and resources, this conversation explores the unique efforts of Agnes Gund to transform a work of art into a movement to end mass incarceration. We are looking forward to being in community and conversation with those who can join us.

Once you’ve registered below, you will receive a confirmation email including a link to the virtual conversation on October 16th. A secure link will be circulated in a follow-up email which will allow you to watch the film at your convenience from Wednesday, October 14th at noon through Friday, October 16th before the discussion.

This event is presented by Illinois Humanities in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies. Access to the film is provided by Strand Releasing.

Envisioning Justice is funded by the Art for Justice Fund, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.