JustSeeds: Personal Expression & Collective Action

October 10 – December 2, 2019

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Through a belief in personal expression in concert with collective action, members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative produce prints, graphics, and publications that inspire, activate, and transform. Over the past decade, these graphics have contributed to an astounding range of movements for peace and justice, from the antiwar movement to climate justice, Occupy to Black Lives Matter. In addition to creating thousands of graphics with a diversity of grassroots movements, Justseeds members have produced collective portfolios, painted massive murals, hosted art builds, wheat-pasted on the street, and worked collaboratively in and outside the cooperative, all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends

The Personal Expression & Collective Action exhibition highlights the expansive scope of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative by featuring artworks from each of the twenty-nine artist members.

In addition, Justseeds member Josh MacPhee has just released a new book, An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels (Common Notions, 2019), and this event will be the Chicago release party. An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels is a compendium of information about political music and radical cultural production. Focusing on vinyl records and the labels that released them, this groundbreaking book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution. From A-Disc (the record label of the Swedish Labor Movement) to Zulu Records (the label of free jazz pioneer Phil Cohran), An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels is a compelling panorama of political sound and action, including over 750 record labels that produced political music. Each entry features the logo of the label, a brief synopsis of its history, and additional interesting information. Truly international in scope, over two dozen countries and territories are represented, as well as a myriad of musical styles and forms.

Link to book: https://www.commonnotions.org/encyclopedia-of-political-record-labels

 

UGAT: Filipinx Roots & Resistance

July 27 – August 31, 2019

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Malaya Chicago-Midwest presents an art exhibit telling the stories of Filipino people’s resistance to tyranny, dictatorship, and killings under the US-Duterte regime.

Featuring artists:
Jessa Mendiola
Charmaine Balisalisa
Abby Mendoza
Aurora Harris

Opening night featured: Anakbayan Chicago’s Kulturang Makabayan: Five Years of Cultural Resistance!

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Do Not Resist? Reporting Resistance

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January 20 – February 10, 2018

Art In These Times is excited to feature one of four Do Not Resist?: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence exhibitions created by For The People Artists Collective this Winter!

This month-long, city-wide exhibition will take place at the Hairpin Arts Center and Art In These Times in Logan Square, Uri-Eichen gallery in Pilsen, Roman Susan Gallery in Rogers Park. The exhibition will be paired with teach-ins, workshops, performances, and panels on the topics of policing, challenging state violence, exploring abolition, and community healing.

The exhibit at AITT, subtitled Reporting Resistance, features installation works by award-winning journalism producers Invisible Institute, Unjustified documentary maker Tessa Lenore & Community TV Network, and indigenous organizer and movement photographer Kelly Hayes.

On the opening night, we hosted a discussion by powerhouse journalists Maya Dukmasova of Chicago ReaderAlex Hernandez of In These Times, Kelly Hayes of TruthoutTrina Reynolds-Tyler of Invisible Institute, and moderated by the incredible Charles Alexander Preston, a City Bureau fellow and all-around badass Chicago organizer.

THE LOCATIONS

@Hairpin Arts Center 
Jan 12th thru February 10th, 2018
Tuesdays 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays 12pm – 4pm
Sundays 12pm – 4pm

@Roman Susan Gallery
Jan 13th thru Feb 3rd, 2018
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

@Uri-Eichen Gallery
Jan 19th thru Feb 2nd, 2018
Please call 312 852-7717 for an appointment

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018 
TEACH-IN TUESDAY: COP WATCHING 101

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  Program
9:30 PM Doors Close

Join members of the People’s Response Team for a training that focuses on the basics of cop watching during instances of police harassment and violence. The goals of this training are to quickly train the average person in basic cop watching laws, methods and safety considerations and to promote cop watching as a method of bystander intervention. The workshop will utilize historical context, small and large group discussions, and role-playing to better equip workshop attendees to cop watch in their daily lives.

RSVP to forthepeopleartists@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2304622463097386
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018
THE LIT REVIEW PODCAST – LIVE!

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Program
10:00 PM Doors Close

Every week, your Lit Review podcast hosts, Page May and Monica Trinidad, chat with people they love and respect about relevant books to the movement, right from their homes. Everything from Black struggle to movement history to gender justice to cultural organizing, sci-fi, political theory, and more. The podcast helps make critical knowledge more accessible to the masses, and has gained a huge following in a short amount of time. Think sparknotes in podcast form! Join them for a LIVE recording discussing the upcoming book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power with rad authors and professors Simon Balto and Toussaint Losier!
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
FROM #BYEANITA TO #NOCOPACADEMY

Hairpin Arts Center
12:00 PM Doors Open
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Panel and Workshop
5:00 PM Doors Close

Outraged that City Council continues to play into Rahm’s pocket, and 49 alderpeople voted in November to support the $95 million dollar cop academy? Want to hold aldermen accountable, while organizing mass political education campaigns? Tired that even the most “progressive” candidates still ask for more policing and enforcement?

Join us for a panel and workshop where organizers from the #ByeAnita campaign – Veronica Morris-MooreTess RaserRuby Pinto, and Debbie Southorn – will share key strategies and lessons learned from their effort to oust States attorney Anita Alvarez for her role in perpetuating anti-Black policies and expanding mass incarceration in Chicago. We’ll have time to breakout and strategize next steps for organizing an effort in your ward for the upcoming 2019 aldermanic races.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
TEACH-IN TUESDAY: CVE, CPD, AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Program begins
9:30 PM Doors Close

With over $180,000 in grant money awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and trainings being conducted at UIC and at Mosques and community centers across the city, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs remain an active destructive and expansive anti-Muslim government surveillance and informant program. Join FTP’sHoda Katebi for a teach-in on CVE and its context within the broader the War on Terror and military-police complex.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
THE HISTORY OF POLICING THRU ZINES

Roman Susan Gallery (Closing event)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Program
6:00 PM: Doors Close

Join educator, organizer, and curator Mariame Kaba as she leads a participatory discussion on the history of policing as told through a zine series titled “Historical Moments of Policing, Violence & Resistance”. The zine series was developed by Project NIA and the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective in 2012 in an attempt to inject historical memory into the current considerations of police violence. Join us as we discuss the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre, Chicago’s Red Summer, A History of Resisting Police Violence in Harlem, and the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Pre-reading is required. Download them for free online at policeviolence.wordpress.com/historical-moments.

THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. Please email forthepeopleartists@gmail.com to join the waitlist.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
THE AESTHETICS OF ABOLITION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Hairpin Arts Center
5:00 PM: Doors Open
6:30PM – 8PM: Discussion
9:00 PM: Doors Close

Join Mariame Kaba and artist & educator Sarah Ross (Prison & Neighborhood Arts Project and Chicago Torture Justice Memorials) for a discussion on using art to shift narratives as an organic part of movement-building, and to advance the abolitionist horizon.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
DO NOT RESIST? 100 YEARS OF CHICAGO POLICE VIOLENCE — CLOSING RECEPTION

6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Program

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

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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)

ARTISTS
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AXIS LAB
CHIARA GALIMBERTI
JANELL NELSON
JES SCHEINPFLUG
LITTLE WING FOLK ART
MIGUEL LOPEZ
MOLLY COSTELLO
RONNIE BOYD
SARAH-JI RHEE
SILVIA INES GONZALEZ
+ MORE!

Curated by: MONICA TRINIDAD

NOTE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY
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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.
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Photos by Sarah-Ji

Sentenced: Architecture & Human Rights

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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.

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

Spring Exhibition: CELEBRATE PEOPLE’S HISTORY: IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR

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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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