$95 Million For?, A #NoCopAcademy Pop Up Exhibit & Teach-In


Artwork by Molly Costello

How would you spend $95 million dollars in your community?

Last month, For The People Artists Collective asked Chicago artists to envision how they would spend $95 million dollars (the amount to be spent by the mayor (Rahm) on a new police & fire academy in West Garfield Park) in their own communities, and the responses were powerful and visionary!

Please join us in viewing the posters that were submitted to our campaign, along with other works related to the campaign! We’ll also be doing a quick, pop-up teach-in on the #NoCopAcademy campaign, full of updates and ways to plug in right now.

At Art In These Times: 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

6:30pm Reception (light drinks & snacks)
7:00pm Program / Teach-In (featuring MB Stephen, Erin Glasco, Kelly Hayes, Molly Costello, and more TBA)




Unfortunately, the space is not wheelchair accessible (yet)! We apologize. The space is up 1 flight of stairs. There will be a handful of chairs thorughout the space for folks who need to sit. If you have any scent-sensitivities, please let us know at forthepeopleartists@gmail.com. Gender neutral bathrooms are available in the space.

Pictures of the Exhibition


Fall-Winter Exhibition: October 3, 2015 – January 2016

Exhibition flyerMAKING NIGGERS: Demonizing and Distorting Blackness, curated by Project NIA.

Project NIA’s new exhibition asks “How did white people justify their continued subordination of Black people post emancipation?” The curators write: “Dozens of postcards will tell stories of how Black people were devalued over time. These artifacts illustrate how little Black lives have mattered in this country and why we need hashtags and movements like #BlackLivesMatter today. Our exhibition will introduce a new generation to postcards as historical documents and cultural artifacts for understanding anti-Black racism in the past and present.”

The exhibit will run through January, 2016.

Get more information at the exhibition website.

Photos by Sarah-Ji

Sentenced: Architecture & Human Rights


MAY 7 – JUNE 30, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday May 7, 6-9pm

An art exhibit about the architecture of incarceration.

The intention of “Sentenced” is to integrate the voices of imprisoned people into the discourse of the struggle to end cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment in the United States.

In 2012, ADPSR petitioned the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to change its Code of Ethics to respect human rights by banning the design of execution chambers and spaces intended for prolonged solitary confinement– the AIA rejected this petition in late 2014.

#cjreform #STOPsolitary

Curated by: Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and Uptown People’s Law Center

The exhibition features:

• a full-size model of a solitary cell

• drawings of solitary confinement cells by people currently being held inside

• rarely-seen designs for execution chambers built in the US

• other artwork made by prisoners held in solitary confinement in Illinois

Sponsored by:
Uptown People’s Law Center
Art In These Times
Dan Miller Architects
Winston & Strawn LLP
Oakton Students for Social Justice



March 20 – April 30, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, March 20, 6-8pm (rescheduled)

Featuring readings by members of Warrior Writers!

Celebrate People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War – Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice is a portfolio project celebrating Iraq Veterans Against the War’s (IVAW) ten year history with talks by IVAW members and local anti-war, demilitarization, and human rights activists. IVAW was founded in July 2004 to give voice to the large number of active duty service members and veterans who were against the war, but were under various pressures to remain silent. Over the past ten years, IVAW members have spoken out and taken action to end the wars they served in and to transform the society that fostered those wars.

This portfolio features contributions from IVAW members, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative members, along with allied veterans, artists and writers. It highlights key ideas, moments, projects, tactics, and individuals from IVAW history in order to uplift IVAW’s ongoing struggle, inspire others to take action, and preserve the movement’s history for future generations.

Join us to celebrate the launch of this portfolio and IVAW. Light refreshments will be served.

Some pictures below from the opening event and street postering.

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Winter Exhibition: Richard Serra is an Important Latino Artist

Richard Serra is an Important Latino Artist
Collaborative works by Josh Rios and Anthony Romero
Opening Reception: Friday, November 14, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition through February 2015

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Richard Serra received his MFA from Yale University in 1964, after which he spent a year in Paris and Florence funded by a Yale Traveling Fellowship and a Fulbright grant. His early work, drawn from the experience of working in steel mills and shipyards, focused on industrial materials. In an iconic early work Serra threw molten refried beans against the walls of his studio. Though casts were eventually created from the impact of the beans, the emphasis of the piece was on its process. Since those Minimalist beginnings, the physicality of Serra’s work has become compounded by breathtaking weight and size. His series, “Torqued Ellipses” (1996–99), is comprised of gigantic plates of towering steel —bent and curved, leaning in and out. In 1999 Serra completed “Charlie Brown,” a sixty-foot-tall homage to Charles Schultz, who had died that same year. Serra lives in New York and Nova Scotia.

No Selves to Defend

NO SELVES TO DEFEND: CRIMINALIZING WOMEN OF COLOR – July – September 2014 – Art In These Times

Opening Reception: Friday July 18th from 6 to 9 p.m. (Closes September 28)

New Jersey 4 by Lex Non Scripta - No Selves to Defend Project

New Jersey 4 by Lex Non Scripta – No Selves to Defend Project

In the words of writer Mychal Denzel Smith, “Marissa Alexander was just trying to save her life” when she was assaulted and threatened (again) by her estranged husband. When she retrieved a gun and fired a warning shot in self-defense, she could not have imagined being convicted and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. Yet we know from history that too often women who protect themselves from unrelenting violence are criminalized.

‘No Selves to Defend’ features the stories of women of color who have been criminalized for self-defense. The exhibition examines the contested meanings and historical and contemporary understandings of self-defense. It seeks to locate Marissa Alexander’s story within a broader historical context and legacy. The exhibition also addresses the campaigns and mobilizations that emerged to resist their criminalization and demand their freedom. Finally, it considers how we can support current survivors of violence who have been criminalized for self-defense.

10462540_758473477536481_3957219763445092698_nThe exhibition includes original art by Micah Bazant, Molly Crabapple, Billy Dee, Bianca Diaz, Rachel Galindo, Lex Non Scripta, Caitlin Seidler, and Ariel Springfield. It also includes ephemera and artifacts from Mariame Kaba’s collection.

The exhibition is organized by Project NIA, Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Women & Girls, and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. It is co-curated by Rachel Caidor and Mariame Kaba. The exhibition is made possible by individual donors who contributed to a summer fundraiser. The exhibition will be accompanied by discussions and other events. Everyone is invited to participate. See http://noselves2defend.tumblr.com/

RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/405291296278187/405739676233349/ 

Tour the exhibit here: