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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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:


“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:

Report To The Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords

An exhibition and museum of the streets.

Exhibit Opening: Friday June 22, 2012

5:30 – 8pm

@ Art In These Times – 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd FL

For more information call the Hull-House Museum: (312) 413-5353 or see the project website. RSVP on Facebook!

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.

Co sponsored by: Jane Addams Hull House Museum, UIC College of Architecture and the Arts, UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and In These Times.

See press from: Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, WBEZ, Chicago Reader and Timeout Chicago.

WI Rise Up

WI Rise Up: Posters and Photographs from the 2011 Wisconsin Labor Movement to Defend Collective Bargaining Rights

Opening Reception: June 23rd, 7pm

2040 N. Milwaukee Ave – Chicago IL

Art In These Times, the community gallery at ITT offices, is presenting a new exhibition of posters and photographs from the on-going labor demonstrations in Wisconsin that began on February 14, 2011.

The exhibition feature screenprints and off-set posters from the rallies in Madison and Milwaukee and features prints by Nicolas Lampert, Colin Matthes, Eric Drooker, Jesus Barraza, Josh MacPhee, Jesse Graves, and others. Photographs by Lauren Cumbia, Brandon Pittser, Ryan Williams, and the Public Collectors archive will also be exhibited.

The exhibition will open Thursday June 23rd at 7pm with an opening party in conjunction with the Working-Class Studies Conference at UIC and the work will be on display through the summer and fall. This location is not wheelchair accessible.

For further background reading see Wisconsin’s Lost Strike Moment, an essay by Nicolas Lampert and Dan S. Wang: http://www.justseeds.org/blog/2011/04/wisconsins_lost_strike_moment_1.html

For further information contact artinthesetimes@gmail.com or RSVP on Facebook.

(Exhibit organized by Lauren Cumbia, Nicolas Lampert, Daniel Tucker)

See event preview press from Gapers Block, Chicagoist, Chicago Reader and Timeout Chicago plus a review from Sixty Inches From Center.

Resources In these Times @ Art IN THESE TIMES

Opening Reception: December 9th, 2010 6-9pm
“Resources In These Times” Exhibition and “Operation Exposure” Mural
an exhibition of print-media from Justseeds
2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue 2nd Floor*

RSVP on Facebook

See the Timeout Chicago article


+ Come have a drink, check out the art and bring a friend!

+ buy artworks from the show and various handmade crafts and
fair-trade treats to complete your holiday shopping!

“Resources In These Times” presents the work contributed to Justseeds poster portfolio project Resourced that paired individual printmakers (many who are members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative who coordinated the effort) with grassroots activist organizations working around environmental justice issues.

Featured artists include: Amor y Resistencia, Santiago Armengod, Armsrock, Kevin Caplicki, Tom Civil, Alejandra Delfin, Design Action Collective, Molly Fair, Thea Gahr, Gaia, Jesse Goldstein, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, Juan Martinez, Colin Matthes, Keisuke Narita, Roger Peet, Jesse Purcell, Favianna Rodriguez, Erik Ruin, Shaun Slifer, Chris Stain, Meredith Stern, Mary Tremonte, Pete Yahnke, Bec Young.

Additional posters by Nicolas Lampert, Roger Peet, Thea Gahr, Mike Q. Roth, Santiago Armengod,  Pete Yahnke, Erik Ruin, Alec Icky Dunn, Josh MacPhee, Meredith Stern, Mary Tremonte, Ally Reeves,  Bec Young,  Anonymous,  Chris Stain and Swoon will be exhibited and available for sale.

“Operation Exposure” is collaboration between Justseeds and the Iraq Veterans Against the War which will result in a number of posters addressing GI resistance to war through the years. Art IN THESE TIMES presents a permanent mural of these posters produced by Justseeds and local IVAW members on November 15th, 2009. This mural will be on view in our entrance hall.

+ For more information about Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative see http://justseeds.org/

Art IN THESE TIMES is an occasional exhibition venue hosted by In These Times magazine (http://www.inthesetimes.com/) in their offices on the 2nd floor of 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave* in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The exhibitions are organized by office tenants of the magazine and residents of the neighborhood. The current exhibition will be on view by appointment through June 2011. https://artinthesetimes.wordpress.com/

*This space is not wheelchair accessible.

(Exhibit organized by Lauren Cumbia, Nicolas Lampert, Daniel Tucker)