As all eyes fall on America during our time of social, racial, gender, climate and political dysfunction co-occurring alongside technological, medical, electric automobile, and renewable energy infrastructure innovation, we tend to ask ourselves where do we go next?
What do we do now? And how do we reclaim our dignity in a nation mired by hate, intolerance, oppression, and rampant individualism. As a potential inroad to addressing some of these hyper complex dynamics of our current times "Too-Poc" provides an inclusive art exhibit of young, local Chicago artists working in the meeting grounds of social identity and self expression. Opening on the birthday of Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, the show looks to the musician as an example of a person of color who elegantly and skillfully navigated the turbulent waters between activism, authenticity, self-awareness, and artistic production, Whereas many may criticize some of the work shown here as too black, too brown, too asian, or too preoccupied with social justice and identity politics, we, the artists participating, feel that it is our responsibility and pleasure to tackle these numerous issues in a way that is exploratory, real, personal, communal and alive.