A Johnson Publishing Story


  • Rebuild Foundation

June 28–September 30, 2018

Furniture and objects installed in the Johnson Publishing Building. Photo: Jacob Hand, 2016.

Founded in 1942 by publisher and art collector John H. Johnson, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) rose to prominence due to the widespread popularity of its magazines, including Ebony and Jet. Through books, periodicals, ephemera, paintings, sculptures, and custom-designed office furnishings from the JPC archives and collections held by the Rebuild Foundation, this installation explores the enduring role of Johnson and JPC in defining and popularizing a black aesthetic and identity around the globe.

The exhibition is led by Theaster Gates, artist and Executive Director of Rebuild Foundation. The exhibition will be on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank.