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.

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.

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:

Crisis Image Archives

Crisis Image Archives

Crisis Image Archives

In 2012 a team of artists and visual culture researchers sought out to document all of the visual representations of “the crisis” appearing in the last 5 years of the 300 magazines and journals archived in the Alternative Press Center in Chicago. Totaling 750 images, these illustrations and photographs compose a record of the collective visual imagination of the international political and cultural left. Frequently used graphic tropes portraying bankers, fat cats, Keynes, Marx, Obama and protesters are found alongside more surprising depictions of agony, desperation, and holistic futures.

The stakes of this project are threefold:

  1. Totalling 750 images, these illustrations and photographs compose a record of the collective visual imagination of the international political and cultural left as expressed in printmedia.
  2. The archive project challenges what is and is not indexable about visual culture, in the context of a collection and organization focusing on indexing texts of the alternative press.
  3. And finally, to instigate a conversation amongst artist and designers about representing our current economic history.

P1010153An exhibition of this project in photographs and binder archives will be on view at Art In These Times until September. For further info:

June 30th at 5-8pm

Opening Reception: Cultural critic Brian Holmes will provide commentary at the opening.

Sunday July 14th at 2pm

A Crisis Image poetry workshop with the Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop

Saturday August 24th at 2pm

Crisis Image Design charrette with local graphic designer on how to visually represent crisis. RSVP On Facebook


Press: A great review by Albert Stabler in Newcity Chicago!

+ Check out our shout-out in Chicago Magazine!


Videos from the opening (Thanks to Andrew Mausert-Mooney for the camera work)

Photos from the exhibition:

Ocupados and Occupations



Chicago muralist José Guerrero’s “Occupation Planet”

Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Art In These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.

Espacios Ocupados: Defining 99%, an exhibit by Instituto de Nuestro Cultura, features work from contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino/a artists that explores shifting cultural identities in a post-occupy world. It is displayed alongside Encampments, Occupations and Tent Cities, an exhibit curated by AREA Chicago that examines historic actions such as the Fayette County Tent City, the occupations of Alcatraz and the Mad Houser hut cities.

Closing Reception

CVL_ClosingReceptionClosing Reception
Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords
Friday January 18, 2013
5:30 – 7pm

Art In These Times
2040 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
Exhibit closes January 25.
We regret that this exhibit is not wheelchair accessible.
For questions, please call the Hull-House Museum at (312) 413-5353

This exhibit will live on. See for more details.

This evolving, multi-site project was created by a partnership between the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and former members of the Conservative Vice Lords, led by CVL spokesman Bobby Gore and Benneth Lee, co-founder of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly 
Incarcerated.Don’t miss this opportunity to view Greetings from the Holy City, an installation by photographer Jason Reblando. Reblando was commissioned by Hull-House to photograph an area of North Lawndale known as the “Holy City,” where the Conservative Vice Lords worked in the late 1960s. He documented residents who work for positive change in the community today.

Jason Reblando (b. 1973, Flushing, NY) is a photographer and multimedia storyteller based in Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. After college, he worked as a community organizer in southern Oregon in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He is a recipient of a Follett Fellowship from Columbia College Chicago, a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. He has produced radio stories for Eight Forty-Eight on Chicago Public Radio, and has been commissioned to create multimedia stories for various clients. His photographs are part of the collections in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He teaches photography at Illinois State University.

Art ITT Wants Your Exhibits

Show Your Next Exhibition at Art In These Times

Art In These Times is a community gallery focused on printmaking and photography that deals with the challenging social and political questions of our times. We are looking for exhibitions and thought you might have good ideas. The gallery is run very informally and so there is no budget. But as you can see from past exhibits on our website, we have a good track record of attracting media attention and because of the unique setting in the offices that the 35 year old progressive magazine In These Times shares with other local organizations, there is a unique cross-section of people that see these exhibits over the 3-6 months they are displayed.

Emphasis is placed on the opening or closing receptions because on a day-to-day basis the space is used for an office (with a fair amount of foot traffic due to the diverse range of people renting offices at In These Times) and is not public. We encourage programming for the opening reception such as readings, workshops, lectures, music or screenings as a way to attract more people and develop the themes of the exhibition. Additionally, we encourage exhibitions that include the work of multiple people and are organized around themes as both of these approaches tend to attract more people to the exhibition opening.

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