As was reported in various publications this week, the $280 million renovation of Chicago’s Red Line 95th Street Station, has placed DJ’ing and music of black origin firmly at its heart.
Thanks to Theaster Gates’ installation, An Extended Song of Our People, a broadcast studio and DJ booth has been incorporated into the fabric of the building and will produce varied audio programming for travellers on the Red Line. ‘Residents can get a little house music Friday evenings, like Frankie Knuckles, and for the morning commute some Sonny Rollins,’ Gates told Curbed Chicago.
The music-oriented installation is accompanied by a piece called america, america– a pair of hanging tapestries produced from decommissioned fire hoses, making reference to the civil rights movement marches at which hoses were turned against protestors.
Read more about the project and find pictures here, and revisit some classic Sonny Rollins below.