In 2012 a team of artists and visual culture researchers sought out to document all of the visual representations of “the crisis” appearing in the last 5 years of the 300 magazines and journals archived in the Alternative Press Center in Chicago. Totalling 750 images, these illustrations and photographs compose a record of the collective visual imagination of the international political and cultural left. Frequently used graphic tropes portraying bankers, fat cats, Keynes, Marx, Obama and protesters are found alongside more surprising depictions of agony, desperation, and holistic futures. An exhibition of this project in photographs and binder archives will be on view at Art In These Times until September. Join us at an opening reception on June 30th, 2013 from 5-8pm. RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Art In These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.
Espacios Ocupados: Defining 99%, an exhibit by Instituto de Nuestro Cultura, features work from contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino/a artists that explores shifting cultural identities in a post-occupy world. It is displayed alongside Encampments, Occupations and Tent Cities, an exhibit curated by AREA Chicago that examines historic actions such as the Fayette County Tent City, the occupations of Alcatraz and the Mad Houser hut cities.
5:30 – 7pm
Art In These Times
2040 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
This exhibit will live on. See cvl.hullhouse.uic.edu for more details.
This evolving, multi-site project was created by a partnership between the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and former members of the Conservative Vice Lords, led by CVL spokesman Bobby Gore and Benneth Lee, co-founder of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated.Don’t miss this opportunity to view Greetings from the Holy City, an installation by photographer Jason Reblando. Reblando was commissioned by Hull-House to photograph an area of North Lawndale known as the “Holy City,” where the Conservative Vice Lords worked in the late 1960s. He documented residents who work for positive change in the community today.
Jason Reblando (b. 1973, Flushing, NY) is a photographer and multimedia storyteller based in Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. After college, he worked as a community organizer in southern Oregon in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He is a recipient of a Follett Fellowship from Columbia College Chicago, a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. He has produced radio stories for Eight Forty-Eight on Chicago Public Radio, and has been commissioned to create multimedia stories for various clients. His photographs are part of the collections in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He teaches photography at Illinois State University.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Art In These Times
2040 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
The Hull-House Museum recently opened an off-site exhibit at Art In These Times. The exhibit deals with the history of the Conservative Vice Lords (CVL), a street gang from North Lawndale. The CVL became a community organization that fought the effects of drugs and violence in their community. You can learn more about the exhibit here: cvl.hullhouse.uic.edu
Some of the big questions we hope to address are: Can gangs change? What would it take for gang members today to bring peace to the streets?
We are inviting youth workers and others invested in this conversation to join us for a special tour of the exhibit on Thursday, August 23 from 6-7pm. The exhibit is located at Art In These Times Gallery, at 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor.The tour will be led by Benny Lee, who co-curated this exhibit and is a former member of the Insane Vice Lords. He now works for TASC and is a co-founder of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated.
The tour is free but RSVPs are required; please email email@example.com in order to secure a space. We deeply regret that the exhibit is not wheelchair accessible.
The Public Square is hosting one of their “Cafe Society” discussions with the organizers of the Report To The Public exhibit currently on view at Art ITT. Here are the details for the July 23rd event:
Attendees will have an opportunity to view the exhibit and take part in a conversation exploring the questions: Can gangs change? Can gang members bring peace to the streets today? How can they become forces for positive social change? 07/23/2012 – 6:00pm
Exhibit Opening: Friday June 22, 2012
5:30 – 8pm
@ Art In These Times – 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd FL
About: In the late 1960s, members of the Conservative Vice Lords rose up and fought for the life of their community. They incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and received funding from major foundations to organize youth, protest unfair housing policies and working conditions, open small businesses, and fight for peace and racial equality.
Regarded by some as innovative grassroots organizers and others as violent criminals, the CVL forged new possibilities for themselves and their community. This project is intended to open a dialogue about gangs today and opportunities for creating social change from within.
Do you remember the CVL?
What would it take for gang members today to bring peace to the streets?
Call the CVL hotline to answer these questions at (559) 546-1875.
Show Your Next Exhibition at Art In These Times
Art In These Times is a community gallery focused on printmaking and photography that deals with the challenging social and political questions of our times. We are looking for exhibitions and thought you might have good ideas. The gallery is run very informally and so there is no budget. But as you can see from past exhibits on our website, we have a good track record of attracting media attention and because of the unique setting in the offices that the 35 year old progressive magazine In These Times shares with other local organizations, there is a unique cross-section of people that see these exhibits over the 3-6 months they are displayed.
Emphasis is placed on the opening or closing receptions because on a day-to-day basis the space is used for an office (with a fair amount of foot traffic due to the diverse range of people renting offices at In These Times) and is not public. We encourage programming for the opening reception such as readings, workshops, lectures, music or screenings as a way to attract more people and develop the themes of the exhibition. Additionally, we encourage exhibitions that include the work of multiple people and are organized around themes as both of these approaches tend to attract more people to the exhibition opening.