Wall of Love

South Side Community Arts Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave.

Rebecca Zorach
Written By Rebecca Zorach

Rebecca Zorach teaches and writes on early modern European art (15th-17th century), contemporary activist art, and art of the 1960s and 1970s at Northwestern University. Particular interests include print media, feminist and queer theory, theory of representation, ​​and the multiple intersections of art and politics.

William Walker painted the Wall of Love in 1971 to celebrate love, strength, support, and companionship within Black families. The panels that comprise it were the product of Walker’s participation in the MCA’s Murals to the People exhibition. Following that exhibition they were put on view at the top level of the facade of the South Side Community Art Center at 3831 S. Michigan Ave. Cover Photo: Chicago Public Art Group

The Center still houses the panels, though some of them are now in fragmentary form. They are not regularly put on view, but other artworks and exhibitions rotate through the Center’s galleries. Visitors are encouraged to stop by (open Wed.-Fri. 12-5pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm).

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