May 22, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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‘Art is how we have always moved people’

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“I love America,” says artist Jevoid Simmons. “A lot of my work has been around flags. I like America and I like people who are trying to make America better.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Jevoid Simmons’ art can be seen at four different places this month.

His painting “The House at 1404 Christie Street,” which tells his family’s story moving North from Alabama during the Jim Crow era, was installed Tuesday in the window of the CoCo Design & Build Company at the corner of Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue.

His painting “Rest in Peace Rodney King,”which depicts the 1991 police beating of King in Los Angeles, can be seen starting Friday, Feb. 4, in an exhibition at the Noyes Second Floor Art Gallery, 927 Noyes St.

His painting “The Burial,” which shows white people giving up racism, supremacy and privilege, can be seen starting Saturday, Feb. 5, in an exhibition at the Devonshire Cultural Center in Skokie.

And paintings from his recently released book, “Up from Down Home, A Family’s Journey North,” are displayed online by Benedictine University.

It’s all part of Black History Month.

“The House at 1404 Christie Street,” shown at CoCo Design & Build Company.

“My hope would be every month is Black History Month, every month is White History Month, focusing on what’s real, focusing on people making a difference,” Simmons says. “The pettiness that exists across race and ethnicity will destroy the country. And democracy is at peril as a result of this thinking. That’s where we’re at. It’s a somber situation.”

When he moved to the Chicago area, Simmons and his wife, Dickelle Fonda, considered three places to live: Oak Park, Hyde Park and Evanston. They chose Evanston primarily because of Lake Michigan.

‘Art is how we have always moved people’

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