During the height of pandemic lockdowns, Chicago artist Faheem Majeed and his wife used to spend Friday nights driving around the city looking for new places to explore. “We would pick a direction and just drive,” Majeed says. “I always encourage people to left, center and right and just explore the city—you know, go see something interesting, go check it out.” That spirit resonates through Majeed’s work as a founder and co-director of the Floating Museum, an arts collective and nonprofit that stages pop-up exhibitions and public art activations across the city, which brings Majeed to dozens of Chicago neighborhoods. Currently, the museum is hosting an exhibition that brings a 30-foot inflatable statue of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable and du Sable’s Potawatomi wife to city parks; later this year, they’ll release a series of online performances from artist (and fellow co-director) avery r. young. Majeed was born in Chicago but quickly moved to North Carolina with his family before returning to Chicago as an adult, where he settled in South Shore. Later, Majeed’s father told him a startling fact: His new South Shore home is located on the same street as the house he was brought home to as a newborn, just four blocks away. “I moved back to the same neighborhood, so there’s something magical there,” Majeed says. “But I didn’t know at the time that I was moving back to my birthplace. And that’s [also] what Iove about Floating Museum—I’m always learning about new parts of the ci
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