Preservation Snapshots Lectures

A Living Tradition


Thursday, November 9 – 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Admission: Free


Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 77 E. Randolph Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago


In the late 1960s, Pilsen became a focal point of the Chicago murals movement with some expansion to Little Village. Since then, these neighborhoods have generated a great collection of street art from different generations and multicultural experiences. This lecture discusses the evolution of painted exterior murals produced from the 1960s to today and the continuing development of artist work becoming a living tradition of muralism in Pilsen.


Rebeca Fernandez is a licensed architect from Mexico City and currently an entrepreneur and emerging professional in historic preservation in Chicago.  She completed her studies in architecture at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana and worked for over nine years as a consultant architect in her native city. In 2006, she moved to Pilsen where she became passionate about the historic neighborhoods motivating her to earn a Master Degree in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

A Living Tradition is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Photo: Pilsen mural by Alejandro Medina, 1639 S. Allport Street, 2013 (credit: Rebeca Fernandez)

Landmarks Illinois is an Affiliate Program Partner with the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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