Columbia College Chicago

November 14, 2007

Library staffer Cole Robertson's "After, image: A memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS"

Yet more news related to our talented Library staff. Cole is the Library's Visual Resources Coordinator and the opening of his exhibit corresponds with World AIDS Day.

Center on Halsted Hosts Cole Robertson's "After, image: A memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS"

CHICAGO ­ November 2, 2007 On Saturday, December 1, 2007, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host a visual arts installation, "After,
image: a memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS", by Cole Robertson. This collection of photographs is meant to serve as a memorial, in the most traditional sense, an aesthetically beautiful gesture commemorating the past.

The images, donated by the family members of those lost to HIV/AIDS, are re-workings of photographs of those lost to AIDS. They are then digitally manipulated and printed on fine vellum. They hang as a testament, as a loving tribute, and as a call to action.

Cole Robertson, an MFA-photography graduate of Columbia College, has exhibited work internationally and nationally and chose Center on Halsted specifically to host the installation. "As I work on this, I feel some empty places in my life...spots that should be occupied by people...people who are gone.

The event begins with a reception at 4:00pm and is followed by a talk back with the artist and others who contributed images to the exhibit. A donation of $10 is requested.

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information or to RSVP contact 773-472-6469, ext. 245 or visit

Contact: Lori King, Center on Halsted, 773/472-6469, ext. 290

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