Esther Parada papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1929–1993

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Partially processed. 6 linear feet of material consisting of original art by Parada, research materials from the period of the 1933 Century of Progress international exposition, and press coverage of the 1992 exhibition “Who Dis/Covers, Who Dis/Colors?.”

Biographical Historical Note

Photographer Esther Parada was a faculty member at the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago from 1974 to 2004. In 1992, Parada created an exhibition at the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago entitled “Who Dis/Covers, Who Dis/Colors?” that investigated the struggle of African Americans for representation of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable at the 1933 Century of Progress international exposition in Chicago.