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 Our exhibition will introduce a new generation to postcards as historical documents and cultural artifacts for understanding anti-Black racism in the past and present.”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/ 

Stainlessness & Chicagoaxaca

From January 17 – March 22, 2014 Art In These Times will present two concurrent exhibitions:

Stainlessness by Etienne Turpin

Chicagoaxaca: Selections from The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca curated by Ivan Arenas

Opening Reception: February 12; Closing Reception March 20 (RSVP on Facebook)


Stainlessness by Etienne Turpin: An exhibition including four original etched metal printing plates, the set of prints they produced, and additional archival photographs, presents the story of labor movements in North America and show how they have shaped the cities of Sudbury, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. The exhibition was designed by Etienne Turpin with Captains of Industry, and printed at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design with the artists Sara Dean and Marnie Briggs.

Bio: Etienne Turpin works across various disciplines and through diverse mediums to advocate for mutual aid, solidarity, and social and environmental justice. His first monograph, Stainlessness, will be published in 2014 by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press and the exhibition Stainlessness is represented by Sound&Language Distribution. anexact.org

Chicagoaxaca: Selections from The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca curated by Ivan Arenas: In 2006, the repression of a teacher’s strike in Oaxaca, Mexico resulted in a grassroots social movement that held the city for six months. The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO), a political street art group, was born during the social movement. ASARO used their art to both reflect on and incite dialogue and action about social problems and social justice. In Chicago, social problems such as violence, privatization, immigration, gender, housing, segregation, and food disparities have mobilized hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals to act in search of greater social justice. The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC is one such effort. Throughout the coming months SJI proposes the multi-sited collaborative exhibit Chicagoaxaca, which will use sixty-plus woodblock prints created by ASARO between 2006 and 2008 to connect the dots between local and international struggles and to engage in a conversation around art, activism, and academic work with mobilized groups of Chicagoans.

Bio: Iván Arenas is a Mexican-American scholar whose work focuses on the relationship between urban space and political subjects through the lens of social mobilization, aesthetics, and collective memory. As part of the SJI team at UIC, he is helping to develop SJI’s Pop Up Just Art Space— sites fostering collective conversations and thought through provocative aesthetic expression. In addition to his scholarly research, he is a practicing artist and is trained as an architect. socialjustice.uic.edu

Special thanks to In These Times staff, UIC Social Justice Initiative Staff, Jeremy Kreusch, Ryan Griffis and Alexis Bhagat.

Photos from February 12, 2014 opening reception:

“Reparations On My Soul”

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“Reparations On My Soul,” a new exhibit by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials at Art In These Times, explores reparations as a meaningful act of redress for over 100 African American men who were systematically tortured by former Commander Jon Burge and other white detectives under his command on the South Side of Chicago. Displaying works by local and national artists that imagine speculative memorials that recall Chicago’s history of police torture and the struggle against it, this exhibit honors the survivors of torture, their families and the African American communities affected by the torture. This exhibition is on view October 11th through December 2013.


Friday October, 11th 6-9pm Opening Reception and Conversation:

6:00-7:15 – A Conversation: What Do Reparations Look Like?

Including…Martha Biondi, educator, author and activist; Alice Kim, cultural organizer, writer, activist; Joey Mogul, attorney with the People’s Law Office; Prexy Nesbitt, international speaker on African issues, anti-apartheid activist; Mario Venegas, survivor of torture under Pinochet’s Chile; Chicago police torture survivors. 7:30-9pm – Reception with artists to follow.

Photos from Opening night:

On Tuesday, October 22 from 6-7pm The Public Square will be hosting a Cafe Society conversation (a discussion series about current events) at Art In These Times in conjunction with the In These Times magazine Hot Off The Press Party right after.
Photos from 10/22:
Friday, December 13, 7-9pm
Chicago Artists Against Torture: Beats, Rhymes, and Rhythms

Words, performances, and readings by Alderman Joe Moreno, UGOCHI, Darby Tillis, Krista Franklin, Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, Marvin Tate, Alice Kim and more…Event Documentation by Bronte Price for CTJM: