The Open House event, organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, takes place this year on October 19-20. In Pilsen, the open houses will include Hector Duarte's studio, the Thalia Hall, churches - St. Paul, St. Adalbert, and St. Procopius, as well as the La Casa Student Housing and Resource Center. I personally would love to go visit Duarte's studio, since I found him to be a fascinating person during last year's event. He is also going to be present this year and would give us a tour of the studio. Here's some more info about him, for those who didn't attend last year's event:
Artist Hector Duarte was born in Mexico where he studied mural painting at the workshop of David Siqueiros, a founder of Mexican muralism. Since moving to Chicago in 1985, Duarte has participated in the creation of over 50 murals. His paintings and prints have been exhibited in solo and collective shows at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the State of Illinois Gallery, the Chicago Historical Society and Casa Estudio Museo Diego Rivera in Mexico. The recipient of many awards both locally and in Mexico, in 2006 Duarte participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as an invited muralist. The Gulliver in Wonderland mural covers the wall of Hector Duarte’s home and studio, covering 3,500 square feet. The mural represents the struggling Mexican immigrant as Gulliver, held down by barbed wire.
After visiting the buildings, we could have lunch at Nuevo Leon.
The event is free.
I suggested 12:30, since we could meet for the regular Spanish meetup in the morning, and then those who'd like to go, we could drive together to Pilsen. Those who are not going to the morning meetup, could meet us there.