Sounds Like NOW

Flyer for Sounds Like Now

Artist and musician Damon Locks, with percussionist Damien Thompson, performed a sonic response to our current exhibition, MAKING NIGGERS: Demonizing and Distorting Blackness, curated by Project NIA. Sounds Like NOW, is the title of the performance, and you can hear/watch it below (along with introductions by Project NIA’s Mariame Kaba and Damon).

CVL Exhibit Tour

Public Tour
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:

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 in order to secure a space. We deeply regret that the exhibit is not wheelchair accessible.

Cafe Society Event

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

We Are Wisconsin – Book Release and Panel Documentation

Panel on experiences at the Wisconsin labor protests in sprint of 2011. Featuring Erica Sagrans (“We Are Wisconsin“, editor) and panel of Wisconsin and Chicago activists (Dan S. Wang, Micah Uetricht, and Peter Rickman). Event took place at Alternative Press Center on 8/17/11 and coincided with WI Rise Up, an exhibition of visual ephemera from the Spring 2011 labor protests that took place in Wisconsin (organized by Lauren Cumbia, Nicolas Lampert, Daniel Tucker).

The audio is low – so crank the volume!!!!


Dan S. Wang

Micah Uetricht

Peter Rickman

Q&A part 1

Q&A part 2

Q&A part 3

We Are Wisconsin – Book Release Event

We Are Wisconsin: Chicago book launch

Time: Wednesday, August 17 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Art In These Times2040 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor (not wheelchair accessible) Chicago, IL

More Info:

Reception: 6:30-7:30pm

Panel and discussion with book contributors: 7:30pm

Afterward: Reception continues

In February of 2011, the people of Wisconsin changed the political landscape in America overnight. By fighting back against their governor’s attack on collective bargaining, they inspired progressives across the country and revived the conversation on organized labor, direct-action, and civil resistance.

“We Are Wisconsin: The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen” is a new collection that gives an up-close view of the Wisconsin struggle. This mix of essays, blog posts, and original writing looks at what happened, what it means, and what comes next—and includes the real-time, fast-paced story of the Capitol occupation as told through tweets from those who were on the inside.

Join us to celebrate the book launch, hear from book contributors, and discuss next steps for the movement that began in Wisconsin.Books as well as posters will be available for purchase.

The event is taking place at Art In These Times, which is currently showing “Wi Rise Up!,” an exhibition of posters and photographs from the Wisconsin struggle.

Map of location–closest train stop is Western-O’Hare on the blue line:

Contact Erica Sagrans <> with further questions

RSVP on Facebook

See the press preview in Huffington Post here