100 Years: 1917 and 2017

The Rise of Hate

THURSDAY August 3, 7-9pm,
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted
Chicago IL 60608


Closing Reception: August 3rd 7-9pm Film “Strange Fruit” Discussion panel on film and reading from Christian Picciolini, music and spoken word with Kara Jackson and Antwon “Lord” Funches

Strange Fruit is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings viewers face- to- face with the terror of lynching even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white - and death if Black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy® Award-winning television producer, a prolific public speaker, a published author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good. After leaving the violent far-right hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life. Christian earned a degree in International Relations from DePaul University, began his own global entertainment media firm, and was appointed a member of the Chicago Grammy Rock Music Committee and board member for the Chicago Intl. Movies and Music Festival. Christian is displaying some objects related to his former skinhead life in this show.

Antwon “Lord” Funches is a Chicago-born Nichiren-Buddhist, playwright,poet, actor, and BA Theater major attending the University of Illinoisat Chicago (UIC). Antwon’s work focuses heavily on a queer Black male perspective, documenting aspects of gender, race, class, and sexuality that inhabit his everyday interactions. Notable accomplishments include: winning Louder Than a Bomb Chicago 2015; winning the National Poetry Book Festival 2015 Slam in Washington, D.C., and winning theSpoken Word category of YoungArts 2015 in Miami, Florida. Antwon is adisciplined craftsman who offers “grey,” human perspectives on polarized social issues.

Kara Jackson’s poetry explores the essence of invisibility, the authentic elements of language, and divine womanhood, along with its placement in the world. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois. As a young activist, she seeks to make women visible and end the violent language spoken between men and women around the world. Her upcoming charity work includes a Period Drive, which seeks to provide feminine products, underwear, and other necessities to homeless women. She is the winner of her sophomore class poetry slam, which included over a hundred students. She has received the Scholastic Art and Writing Award for her short story Nursery Rhymes, which won a silver medal at a national level. Jackson is a member of the Spoken Word club at Oak Park River Forest High school. She represented the school in the Louder Than a Bomb festival in 2016 and 2017. Her work is to be featured in the forthcoming book by Kevin Coval, The End of Chiraq. She recently released her first song Discomfort on Soundcloud.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Ell Persons was lynched in 1917 in Memphis. It was reported at the time that thousands attended the lynching. We will remember Persons and discuss the work of the Equal Justice Initiative at this reception. Through the work of the EJI mapping lynching in America , 800 more victims of this terrorism have been discovered than were known before their research.

Milano’s White Power Worldwide grew out of concern about the growth of the White Power movement within the United States. Beginning with his time spent at ICP in 2012, this project has taken him across the US to Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, Ohio, and Arizona. The work concentrates on two different, but allying, groups- the Ku Klux Klan which is a homegrown group and the National Socialist Movement, the country’s largest Neo Nazi group.

100 Years: 1917 and 2017

Silent Sentinels No More! The 1917 Night of Terror and Women Unite Against Trump

Opening: FRIDAY August 11, 6-10pm,
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted
Chicago IL 60608


Group Show - Women's Marches. Protest Posters and Photos from Holiday Gerry, Ellen Larrimore, Linda Loew, Darlene Seilheimer, Christopher Urias, Shelby Willford, and Heidi Zeiger. Mary Ann and Lucy McDonald’s original and a recreated Suffragette banner. Water Color and ink drawings of Trump’s Cabinet of Horrors by Emily Waters.

Opening Reception: 7pm Discussion with Artists and Film

Short Film: Why We March

Filmmakers: Laurie Little, Jess Mattison and Theresa Campagna

A reflection on the journey between Chicago and DC, connecting voices of hope, empowerment and intersectionality during The Women's March, the largest protest in the history of the United States, as women and girls organize and rally after the inauguration of the 45th president. Two teams documented the march simultaneously in the two cities as women everywhere went on a journey to connect with their feminist roots. Focusing on intersectionality, mothers and daughters from every strata of the country reflect on the work that is to come for the women's movement and how we can mobilize for change.

Discussion Panel: Scholar/journalist Felicia Darnell, Lucy McDonald, filmmaker Laurie Little on the film. Discussion- Artists in group show- on the march!

Closing Reception: August 31, 7pm to 930pm- Film- Iron Jawed Angels

Open by Appointment outside of receptions. For an appointment, please call 312 852 7717

September: 8 Opening: Alison Jackson's Private- "Donald Trump" Photos. 1917 -2017: What is Today's "War for Democracy?” A second look at the Espionage Act.

The Night of Terror:The Silent Sentinals- On January 10, 1917, the group began their constant protest in front of the White House. Over the rest of the year, the women were arrested, with steadily worsening punishments, until in October, when Alice Paul was sentenced to seven months in prison. Other suffragists followed suit, and they were housed at Occoquan Workhouse.

There, Alice Paul was placed in solitary confinement with a diet of water and bread, which made her so weak that she had to be hospitalized, in which case she started a hunger strike. Other suffragist prisoners followed, and in response, the prison started force-feeding them.

On November 14, 1917, workhouse superintendent W. H. Whittaker ordered guards to brutalize the women. They were beaten, dragged, choked, kicked, and thrown. The night became known as the “Night of Terror.”

The treatment of the women hit the newspapers and got more of the public on their side. By November 28, 1917, all the protesters were released, and their victory only pushed them forward, the protests continuing in earnest.

Then, almost a year since the start of their protests in front of the White House, President Woodrow Wilson announced his support for the women’s suffrage movement on January 9, 1918. The Silent Sentinels then turned their attention to Congress, and by the end of 1918, most members of Congress supported the movement. By June 4, 1919, both houses of Congress had passed the amendment allowing women to vote.

Finally, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, thereby giving women in the United States the right to vote.

The Silent Sentinels were fierce, and their unwillingness to use a conservative approach and look at politicians as allies helped them hold the feet of President Wilson and Congress to the fire. They, along with other suffragists from around the United States, paved the way for women’s rights today.

From: nationalwomansparty.org

How does their struggle connect to women today and to the American public’s struggle to resist Trump?

September: Alison Jackson's Private- "Donald Trump" Photos. 1917 -2017: What is Today's "War for Democracy?” A second look at the Espionage Act October: Cuba Si! Bloqueo No! Looking at the Revolution November: Russian Revolution 100th Anniversary December: Human Rights Day Show-The Chicago House Un-American Activities Hearings January: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence.

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608



Second Fridays of the Month


6PM - 10PM

URI-EICHEN Gallery Board

Richard Berg is the Past President of Teamsters Local 743 where he was an activist in the Teamster reform movement for more than 20 years before being elected president. He was a member and union steward for the Teamsters while working in the Department of Environmental Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has also worked as an Organizer for AFSCME, as a Business Agent for the Teamsters and as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73. He was also previously the Treasurer of the Chicago Area Labor Support Committee, Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement, International Steering Committee Member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 30th Ward Coordinator for Harold Washington for Mayor in 1987, Staff for James Exum for 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman, Steering Committee Member of the Illinois Chapter of the Labor Party, Wisconsin Chair of the Midwest Coalition Against Registration and the Draft, Co-Chair of the Marquette University Coalition for Divestiture and President of the Marquette University Progressive Student Organization . Richard is currently a Staff Representative for Illinois AFSCME Council 31 and serves on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Labor Speakers Club. He also enjoys fine art whenever possible.

Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present.Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013). He is currently the Director of Programs for Illinois Humanities.

Ruth Needleman, professor emerita in Labor Studies at Indiana University, has taught labor and Latin American studies since the late sixties. After 4 years in Latin American Literature & Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she worked for the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez.

Ruth has been awarded honors for excellence in teaching, research and service, for her work, including a book, Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: the struggle for union democracy, and many articles on black history, race, class and gender, leadership development and on movements in Latin America. She contributed to a book on the right-wing in Chile, published by Quimantu, Allende’s publishing house, prior to the fascist coup. She has traveled extensively, presented in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nigeria, Yugoslavia, Japan, Colombia and more.

She pioneered courses in Labor & the Arts at IU, and established a 15-year college-degree program called Swingshift College, enabling steelworkers to complete college degrees in a customized worker program based on transformational pedagogy. Currently she is writing about this program and the role and character of “pedagogy for liberation” for the 21st century. She is also teaching a course on global social movements at the School of the Arts Institute.

John Pitman Weber is active in community based public art, having co-founded the Chicago Public Art Group almost 45 years ago. His public works in mosaic, paint, cement, and brick are currently found in Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain), Spencer, IA and libraries of Broward Cty, FL. He is also active in the studio with painting and woodcuts. One of his large woodcuts is currently included in the Gulf Labor Coalition’s presence at the Venice Biennale. He is emeritus, retired from Elmhurst College. His home-studio is in Pilsen.

Larry Redmond: I've always had an interest in art. As a child, I used to draw comic book characters. When I entered college, I had hoped to major in art. However, at the time UIC didn't have an art department.

Now, I express myself visually through photography. I love photographing life in the street, especially marches and demonstrations. But my interest is expanding to fine art photography. I hope to do portraits and still lifes within the next year or so.

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in English. I later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree. I studied art and photography at Chicago State University where I developed my passion for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.

I have recently become a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers because I appreciated the organization's dedication of professionalism and excellence in the practice of the art of photography. I am also a member of the Washington Park Camera Club. I currently live in Chicago with my wife and family.

Kathy Steichen co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with her husband, Christopher Urias, in 2011. She has led the programming development and coordination of over 100 visual art and community events at the gallery in the last 4 years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy music and participate in discussions on social justice themes. She has been involved in racial justice, anti-war and human rights issues for over 25 years. She is an alumna of several social justice and arts programs at Las Palomas de Taos, housed in the Mable Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. She founded and presided over Amnesty International chapters at the University of Iowa, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as the Student Program Coordinator of Amnesty International in the Mid-west Region. She worked for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s first primary run as the field coordinator of the 48th Ward in Chicago in the first Campaign School. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from UMASS Amherst. She has worked in the labor movement for more than 17 years as an organizer and union staff representative where she represents private and public sector local unions. She has been a practicing print-maker for over 25 years focused on work related to social justice themes.

Christopher Urias co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery. He is a Pilsen, Chicago native who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focused on printmaking.