Resolutely old-school photo-documentarian Dave Jordano specializes in giving us glimpses of the neglected places that make Chicagoland a fabled sweet home. This time Jordano presents in subtle yet bold and saturated color beautifully composed images of the interiors of modest African-American storefront churches on the city’s South Side, dotted with sensitive portraits of their congregants. With unassuming grace, Jordano moves in for detailed studies of signage, prayer rugs, choir song sheets, baptismal tubs, pulpits, displays of pastors’ treasured mementos and a “wall of fame,” each of which is exquisite in its own right, and all of which combine to make us feel that we know these sites intimately. We are used to visualizing the African-American church as filled with energetic life; Jordano takes us into the environment that inspires the profession of faith, and we experience its allure. (Michael Weinstein)
Through June 28 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington.