100 Years: 1917 and 2017
Alison Jackson's Private- "Donald Trump" Photos. 1917 -2017: What is Today's "War for Democracy?”
A second look at the Espionage Act.
Opening: FRIDAY September: 8, 6-10pm
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted
Chicago IL 60608
Uri-Eichen Gallery hosts Alison Jackson photographs. Jackson, a British artist, self-published spoof photographs of Donald Trump, despite being told the President of the United States could take legal action against her.
Alison Jackson, who uses lookalikes to make work commenting on the “cult of celebrity” and the deceptive nature of many images, said she was warned against publishing the satirical photographs by her lawyers.
She could not find a publisher prepared to release the "hard-hitting" collection, which features a Trump double having sex with Miss Mexico in the Oval Office and as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Jackson said she decided to release the images herself because she believes it is wrong to allow artistic freedom to be curtailed.
The enforcement of the Espionage Act in the US during WWI included the Federal Government use of the law to limit US mail service for publications critical of the war or the government. This, in turn, limited distribution of not only articles but also illustrations and cartoons the government determined to be critical, such as the Masses newspaper.
Jackson, in 2016, self published her photos out of fear of lawsuits from Trump. That same man now may enforce the law that 100 years ago, censored journalism and artists in America.
Alison Jackson is a contemporary artist who explores the cult of celebrity – an extraordinary phenomenon created by the media, publicity industries and the public figures themselves. Her work sits squarely in the middle of the current fake news, alternative facts or news debates. Jackson makes convincingly realistic work about celebrities doing things in private using lookalikes. Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. She creates scenarios we have all imagined but never seen – the hot images the media can’t get.
Jackson raises questions about whether we can believe what we see when we live in a mediated world of screens, imagery and internet. She comments on our voyeurism, on the power and seductive nature of imagery, and on our need to believe. Her work has established wide respect for her as an incisive, funny and thought-provoking commentator on the burgeoning phenomenon of contemporary celebrity culture.
Alison works across all arts and media platforms in TV, Publishing, books, is widely exhibited in galleries and museums attracting extensive interest in the news and press. Her images themselves have become just as much a part of popular culture as images of the real celebrities.
Open by Appointment outside of receptions. For an appointment, please call 312 852 7717
HotHouse and Marguerite Horberg present Cuba Si! Bloqueo No! Looking at the Revolution
Photographers: Marc Po Kempner, Rose Blouin, Marguerite Horberg, Eric Torres
Saturday October 14. 4-6pm Introductory remarks by Marguerite Horberg and Eric Torres
Program Selection of Documentary Shorts by Eric Torres.
All Guantánamo is Ours, a 37 minute film with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base.
Friday November 3. 6 -11pm 6pm Closing Reception
7-11pm Film Screening double feature, donations accepted
7pm Black and Cuba –Robin Hayes 2013
Street-smart Ivy League students live as outcasts at their elite university, then they band together to go to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible.
Interlude with remarks by Fanny Rushing and Prexy Nesbitt
9pm Eyes on the Rainbow 20th Anniversary screening !
Filmed in 1997, Eyes of The Rainbow: A documentary film with Assata Shakur was recorded in Cuba 33 years after her exile. It encompasses the African Spirit Oya to illustrate the struggles Shakur has faced as a Revolutionary. Director: Gloria Rolando
Tickets and more information www.hothouse.net
Special thanks to Simon Pyle at Latitude and Peter Kuttner for their kind assistance
Open by Appointment outside of receptions. For an appointment, please call 312 852 7717
November: Russian Revolution 100th Anniversary
December: Human Rights Day Show-The Chicago House Un-American Activities Hearings
January: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence.
Second Fridays of the Month
6PM - 10PM
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.