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).

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 Our exhibition will introduce a new generation to postcards as historical documents and cultural artifacts for understanding anti-Black racism in the past and present.”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

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)

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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:

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: dt@miscprojects.com

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

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

+ Check out our shout-out in Chicago Magazine!

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

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