Michael Gaylord James • Onward!
Onward: Movements, Activists, Politics and Politicians
Opening Reception • 6-10 PM • Friday • January 13, 2017
Closing Reception • 6-10 PM • Friday • February 3, 2017
January 13 – February 3, 2017
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
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Photographer and activist Michael James presents a new selection of photos, to start the New Year with a positive vision. James believes “the struggle for social and political change is a long one—always and forever, with plenty of ups and downs. Now is a time in our history when we need to do a lot of progressive organizing.”
His new show Onward: Movements, Activists, Politics, and Politicians 1962 - 2015 is at the Uri Eichen Gallery from January 13th through February 3. James’s photos remind us of much that has transpired over the years, and hopefully encourage us to continue onward, going forward on a positive path in the quest for a just and better world.
The exhibit includes a selection of James’s photos taken over a 54-year span. His memories of the situations and circumstances he captured accompany the photos.
Included in the Exhibit are:
President Kennedy in Mexico, participants in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Governor Kerner on the stump in Peoria, SNCC and SDS organizers in alley conversation, the 20th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Sandinista soldiers, Roman Pucinski and Jesse Jackson at Harold Washington’s inauguration, Anarchist Cheerleaders on May Day, Katy Hogan and Dennis Kucinich at the Heartland Café, Obama at the Heartland and at Chicago State, Quinn under fire from AFSCME at the Illinois State Fair, the Chuy Garcia campaign and Black Lives Matters.
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Photographs by Danielle Dolan and Thomas Kiefer
Immigrants and the American Dream
Including part of the El Sueno Americano Series from Thomas Kiefer/INSTITUTE
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
Opening – Friday, February 10, 6-10pm
Live Music 8pm: Linda Boyle
Open by appointment through March 3rd
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Danielle Dolan is a fine art photographer with a background in oil painting. She likes to explore the ways in which these two mediums can communicate with one another. She experiments by blending oil paintings with photographs in digital composites. In addition, she creates “sets” with found materials and painted surfaces, photographing them to blur the lines between the constructed objects and the paintings.
There are many layers built up within each of her images, and she poses a question that asks the viewer to unravel these layers in order to discover the truth of what is real within the frame, and what may have been altered after the photo was taken. Her intent is to form impossible relationships among objects within the photograph, and to deconstruct the sense of spatial awareness in these abstract environments.
Tom Kiefer: El Sueno Americano- Working as a janitor from July 2003 until August 2014 I was greatly disturbed by the volume of food, clothing and personal belongings thrown away at a single U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility. For many of those years, I was allowed to collect and take the food transported by migrants, that was discarded during the first stages of processing, to our community food bank, an estimated sixty tons by the person who managed it.
The personal effects and belongings were another matter: Why would someone throw away a rosary or bible? Why would someone throw away a wallet? Why would a pair of shoes, for all intents and purpose “brand new”, be tossed in the trash?
The ideals upon which this country was founded seem to be under attack as never before, two hundred and thirty nine years since we declared ourselves a nation. “The beacon of hope”, fairness, democracy, equality, faith and grace seems more and more like a sales gimmick, limited to certain groups of people.
How we treat others is a reflection of who we are. When belts, shoelaces, toothbrushes, socks, shoes, underwear, pants, shirts, jackets, watches, bibles, wallets, coins, cell phones, keys, jewelry, calling-cards, water, food, soap, deodorant, gloves, medicine, birth control pills, blankets and rosaries are considered non-essential personal property and discarded, regardless of the amount and origin, something becomes less than human
There is something inherently disturbing behind many of the images presented in El Sueno Americano Project that defies logical and rational explanation: Why was all this thrown away?
Linda Boyle: Singer, song writer and social historian Linda Boyle has been performing for decades. She sings in many languages and genres, with a vast repertoire in Spanish, as well as well-researched songs.
Linda has been a educator for over thirty years, teaching grades 4-12 as well as Adult Education and English as a Second Language. She has taught Reading, U.S. History, Chicago Studies, and specializes in the history of women, labor, immigrants, and peace and social justice movements. In her twenty-five years in Special Education, she has had roles as both a teacher and school director. Her workshops include the use of music in differentiated and literacy instruction, and as an expressive therapy in working with youth who have experienced trauma and abuse.
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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 has collaborated on programs with a range of cultural institutions from across Chicago including the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, Smart Museum, and Sullivan Galleries among others. Paul recently received grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District to do a series of public history programs in Chicago parks and is one of seven Chicago artists selected to be part of the citywide People Plaza project. Pocket Guide to Hell has been written about in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic Cities, and Huffington Post, and Paul has appeared multiple times on WBEZ and WTTW. 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). In May 2014 at the Logan Center for the Arts, he organized with Leigh Fagin Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a three-day festival of conversations, readings, film screenings, and musical performances celebrating the life and work of the radio personality and oral historian Studs Terkel and those who continue his work in the present. He is currently the Programs Coordinator for The Arts Club of Chicago.
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.