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Photograph: Courtesy the Art of Banksy

The debut of “The Art of Banksy” exhibit has been pushed to August

The unauthorized display of the street artist's work will be hosted by the Epiphany Center for the Arts in the West Loop.

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Originally set to debut on July 1 at an undisclosed location in Chicago, the opening of “The Art of Banksy” exhibition has been pushed back to August 7—and the venue hosting the show has finally been revealed. The unauthorized show containing more than 80 works by the infamous street artist (all sourced from private collections) will go on display inside the Epiphany Center for the Arts, a renovated church located in the West Loop (at 201 S Ashland Ave).

“The Art of Banksy” will be the first major exhibition to be presented at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, which officially opened in the midst of the pandemic last fall. Since its opening, the 42,000-square-foot space has hosted a series of socially-distanced art shows and concerts, but with capacity restrictions lifted, the Banksy exhibit is likely to attract some of the fledgling venue's largest crowds to date. The Epiphany Center for the Arts contains three prominent spaces, including the nearly 1,000-capacity Epiphany Hall, the 150-capacity Sanctuary and a subterranean space called the Catacombs—though it's unclear exactly where the exhibit will take up residence.

Anyone who purchased a ticket to see the exhibit on one of the now-canceled dates between July 1 and August 6 has been issued new tickets for a rescheduled date and has also been e-mailed a link to select a new date in lieu of the pre-selected one. "The box office will be holding tickets on each time slot to best accommodate rescheduling current ticket holders," according to a statement from one of the exhibit's organizers.

Thanks to Chicago's full reopening and the subsequent lifting of capacity restrictions, organizers of “The Art of Banksy” are releasing a new block of tickets so that even more people can see the show. The new block of tickets (which includes dates through October 31) will go on sale Saturday, June 26 at 2pm via the exhibition's website. If you were on the fence about buying tickets to a exhibit without a venue attached to it, you've got a second chance to secure your spot and take in some rarely-seen works by the anonymous street artist.

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