New Davonhaime – a location conceived by Mohammed – is an amalgamation of the names of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah. Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime was created to serve as a safe space for Black and Brown people living in America.
Through September 30, Ace Hotel Chicago’s first floor gallery will be transformed into a thrift store installation containing objects both created and found by Mohammed. Visitors will also find traces of Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime throughout the hotel, including a custom Spotify playlist, New Davonhaime merchandise in the Ace Hotel Store, and themed beverage collaborations developed by Ace Hotel with Mohammed for the run of the exhibition. $1 of each beverage will be donated to 826CHI, a nonprofit writing, tutoring, and publishing center in Chicago.
Mohammed will be on site for both the opening weekend and the closing of the exhibition. Performing as thrift store owner Jimmy, Mohammed will offer critical conversations, opportunities to collaborate on a digital music sharing project using New Davonhaime USB drives, and accept donations from the public in the form of photographs to be added to Mohammed’s Black Community Family Albums. These archives offer an intimate and nuanced portrait of Black lives, both present and past.
June 22–September 30, 2018
PUBLIC RECEPTION AND INSTALLATION VIEWING
June 22, 2018
June 23–24, 2018