• July 24, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.July 27, 2019, 12–4 p.m.July 31, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.August 2, 2019, 12–6 p.m.August 7, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.August 11, 2019, 12–4 p.m.August 14, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.August 28, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.September 4, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.September 11, 2019, 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Founders Pop-Up

Various locations

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The Founders pop-up pictured in Garfield Park on July 31, 2019.


In partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Park District, Floating Museum is transforming the Green Line into a moving cultural destination, activating several public spaces to emphasize key themes and historic moments that have defined Chicago’s creative past.

The Founders pop-up exhibition features an inflatable sculpture with four busts facing the four cardinal directions. Among them are Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, Chicago’s first non-indigenous settler; Kitihawa, a Potawatomi woman and du Sable’s wife; Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago; and the face of a young boy as designed by African American sculptor William Artis (1914–1977). Founders also interprets local art historical collections from the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Field Museum; for example, Potawatomi textiles from the Field Museum inspired the sculpture’s geometric pattern.

Altogether, Founders highlights the impact of indigenous people and people of color on Chicago’s cultural legacy, honoring the often-overlooked roles of marginalized people and their communities in shaping our world from the past to present moment.

Founders will pop up in community sites and spaces adjacent to the CTA Green Line according to the following schedule:

July 24, 2019
Austin Town Hall
5610 West Lake Street
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

July 27, 2019
Poetry Foundation Block Party
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
12–4 p.m.

July 31, 2019
Garfield Park Conservatory, adjacent to the Central Park Green Line Station
300 North Central Park Avenue
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

August 2, 2019
Re-Imagining Belonging Cook Out
Englewood Line
West 58th and South Halsted Streets
12–6 p.m.

August 7, 2019
Hadiya Pendelton Park
4345 South Calumet Avenue
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

August 11, 2019
Boxville Market Day
332 East 51st Street
12–4 p.m.

August 14, 2019
Harding Park
4912 South Calumet Avenue
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

August 28, 2019
Hadiya Pendleton Park
4345 South Calumet Avenue
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

September 4, 2019
Harding Park
4912 South Calumet Avenue
1–6:30 p.m.

September 11, 2019
Garfield Park Convservatory, adjacent to the Central Park Green Line Station
300 North Central Park Avenue
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.