Photographer Helen Maurene Cooper celebrates the creativity of Chicago’s nail art community and the release of her new book Paint & Polish: Cultural Economy and Visual Culture from the West Side(Onomatopee, 2017) on ThursdayMarch 16th 6-9pm at Reunion Chicago (2557 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Following a social cocktail hour, Cooper and West Side nail artists Jackee BlueGlynnus Alexander and Yara Fernandez will reveal the story behind Paint & Polish in a discussion moderated by contributing essayists Ryan Blocker and Roula Seikaly.

Finally, the collaborators will sign books and serve slices of cake from Chicago’s legendary Roeser’s Bakery.This event, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Threewalls and the Read/Write Library

Glynnus, Yara and myself will travel to the Netherlands this summer for a solo exhibtion at Onompatopee in Eindhoven.