Wall of Meditation

Chicago IL

Lost Murals of Chicago/Wall of Meditation
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.

Eugene “Eda” Wade painted the Wall of Meditation on the back wall of the Olivet United Presbyterian Church in 1970, while still a college senior at Howard University. (Cover Photo: Mark Rogovin)

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The imagery depicted the history of Africans and African Americans from ancient Egypt to the Black Panthers.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art, when muralists painted inside the museum during the groundbreaking Murals to the People exhibition of 1971, Eda completed a set of panels that were to have crowned the mural. Unfortunately, the panels were never installed because of problems with the nearby electrical lines.

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