If you are a fan of the late Jane Addams, and you love her style of social activism, good heartedness, tireless energy, ability to write, work on behalf of peace, education--and a healthful, stimulating living environment for all--then Saturday is your day. A 1993 group of artist Louise Bourgeois sculptures in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner called "Helping Hands" will be dedicated in their new home at the Women's Park & Gardens at 18th and Indiana, adjacent to the oldest house in Chicago, the Clarke House Museum. Festivities will begin at 10 AM. The sculptures had been "lost" in recent years--but recently found and installed in a great place.
The best part of the dedication is that Jane Addams will be there--in spirit and in costume. Film critic, women's arts activist and South Looper Jan Huttner has a true-to-life costume that she dons on Jane Addams Day
and other occasions and totally acts the part. She talks like Jane, and says what Jane would have said. She totally looks the part in her duds. She is a huge fan and disciple of Jane's--and in fact, she was the one who sparked digging the sculptures out of storage at the Art Institute so they could literally see the light of day forevermore. You can read about Jan doing that here
In any case, enjoy the dedication--and enjoy the art itself. But most of all, don't monopolize Jane. Because you will be tempted to. She will have a lot of things to say and a lot of people to say them to. But do say something to her--and see what she says back. It's a great chance to revisit the past.
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