“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:


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


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

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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 cvl.hullhouse.uic.edu 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.

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: cvl.hullhouse.uic.edu

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 ljunkin@uic.edu 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

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.