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Toiling away in the Kartemquin Archives, archivist Lyra Hill recently uncovered a lost film by Kartemquin Collective member Teena Webb circa 1973-74, Public Art in Chicago. Learn more about the film and other archival gems over at the Kartemquin Films Archive Project and check out Webb’s 1974 film Viva la Causa, which documents the creation of a mural in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Efforts are underway to restore William Walker’s 1970 “All of Mankind” mural in Chicago’s Cabrini Green Neighborhood.
The theme of this work is human unity – spiritual and political. Around the central figures is a list of names: “People like Fred Hampton, Malcolm X, Anne Frank, Ghandi,” Williams said. “It really is kind of a bold statement in the sense that he really … is attempting to voice this kind of quest for peace and unity, which was certainly a big issue in the ’70s, with racial strife and social struggles all over the place.”
To learn more about how the muralist movement found its way to Chicago and witness a mural’s creation, see Viva La Causa