For Other Purposes: a Retrospective of 40 Years of Posters from Chicago's Salsedo Press

Opening: FRIDAY MAY 12, 6-10pm, URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
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Receptions: Thursday May 18, 25, and June 1 -Open 7-9pm

For Appointment outside of receptions until June 2: call 312 852 7717

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Congress passed the Espionage Act, just two months after the US entered World War I. All laws passed by the US government are assigned two names. The shorter one is merely intended to provide a convenient name for referring to it; the longer one to provide a description of the purpose or scope of the legislation. As its name indicates the Espionage Act was designed to arrest and prosecute spies. The official longer title reveals much more about how the law was used to discourage dissent not only the war, but to any government policy: An Act to punish acts of interference with the foreign relations, and the foreign commerce of the United States, to punish espionage, and better to enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and for other purposes.

The wording of the Espionage Act left a great deal of room for aggressive prosecutors and overzealous patriots to interpret it as they wished. Things got worse the next year when Congress passed more draconian amendments to the Act that outlawed statements during war that were "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive … about the form of government of the United States." Among those charged with offenses under the Act were socialist labor leader and four-time US presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs and anarchist activists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. The 1919 [Atty. Gen. A. Mitchell ] Palmer Raids, targeting Communist and Anarchist immigrants, used the powers of the Act as justification for arrests leading to deportations. . In June of 1919, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer's home was bombed and, a year later, the headquarters of the JP Morgan bank on Wall Street. Although neither was related to the war, the Espionage Act's longer description kicked in "better to enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and for other purposes."

In the interest of those "other purposes", the investigation of the bombings led to the arrest and subsequent death while in police custody of Andreo Salsedo, the anarchist printer whose name Salsedo Press took 40 years ago. Uri-Eichen joins the progressive community of Chicago in celebrating Salsedo Press with a retrospective of posters called "For Other Purposes". [The Espionage Act is still intact. It was invoked in the cases of Daniel Ellsberg 1971 release of the Pentagon Papers and more recently against Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for their roles in making government documents available to to the public.]

“NO”: Igniting Oppositional Consciousness

Opening – Friday, April 14, 6-10pm, URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
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As uncertainty strains on our daily lives, voices from various backgrounds stand together in “NO”: Igniting Oppositional Consciousness, a show in response and in opposition to the global political right wing shift.
No is curated by student artists at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the course titled Social Movements from a Global Perspective, which attempts to define what it means to be a part of a “movement” in its entirety. This exploration is facilitated via classroom visitors imparting first-hand accounts, documentary narratives, and active dialogue. While the syllabus focuses largely on the social justice movements of 20–21st century North and South America, it is motivated, above all, by a general probing of the connections that tie successfully driven movements together. Topics of discourse have ranged from immigration and labor laws to the rights of indigenous peoples. This show confronts what it means to be an artist activist in today’s social climate, beyond the attendance of a protest. With the recent surge in protest as a response to uprisings of oppression, having this stage upon which to contribute intersectional activism is both essential and eye-opening. Students have produced and curated provocative works to further expose the course’s discourse to the outside world. Both within the classroom and on the walls of the gallery, the exhibition examines the crucial connections between creativity and resistance.

Group Show:, Ally Berkowitz ,­­­­Noa Billick, Morgan Bussy, Kristine Dalbey, Nicole Demczuk, Eric Garcia, Josselyn Garcia, Angeline Sofia Holt, Shannon Jarhling, Hellen Jo, Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, Maria Louisa, Joseph Josue Mora, Noëlle Pouzar, Navi Schiff, Ona Sian, Aram Han Sifuentes, Joanna Sit, Annie Rose Soler, Lindsay Stewart, Michaela Vaughan, Lisa Vinebaum, Thaib A. Wahab

April 14: Program 7pm

Shannon Jarhling: Speaking about the SAIC Social Movements from a Global Perspective class that organized the show and how the artist-students have been questioning their role in social activism and social change.

Noa Billick: Speaking about her curatorial role in the show, discusses the exhibit, and reflects on the students’ concerns, core values and involvement in social change activism.

SAIC Professor Ruth Needleman: Q and A

Performance: (approximately 730pm) A Witness: In All Probability - Performance by Maria Luisa and Erin Delany, SAIC. The performance discusses the United State’s dismissal of past atrocities it has committed as a nation to both Native American people and the earth as a whole and it's refusal to acknowledge and learn from it's violent history. The performance incorporates legal documents specific to the dealings between the U.S. and the Sioux nation, spanning from the Blackhill treaty in 1868 to present day cease and desist orders surrounding DAPL. The romanticism, reliance and abuse of the earth acknowledges our inescapable complicity in our own demise

Live Music: Plus Sign, Half Awake, and Shark Fangs + (Plus Sign) is President of the World; a rapper, educator, writer, and community organizer who likes to play a lot of games on his way to granting eternal life to our planet! His work can be found at tenderdiscovery.com

InJustice for All Film Festival
If These Walls Could Talk

Film and Reception with the filmmaker, Julian Hamer
Friday, April 28th 6pm -10pm
Film at 7pm

A documentary examining the Sandtown Mural Project in Baltimore and its impact in the Sandtown-Winchester community following the unrest and uprising due to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody on April 19, 2015. The Sandtown Mural Project features a group of 10 local artists creating works of art curated by Ernest Shaw and Nether. Walls were painted during October 2015 through December 2015

Discussion- after the film: public art's role in political action

After Freddie Gray unrest, activists hope to transform Sandtown-Winchester with murals, gardens

A Sandtown mural project is torn over the meaning of the American flag

Series May through September: 100 Years: 1917 and 2017

For Other Purposes: a Retrospective of 40 Years of Posters from Chicago's Salsedo Press

A first look at the Espionage Act of 1917

Opening: FRIDAY MAY 12, 6-10pm
Receptions: Thursday May 18, 25, and June 1 -Open 7-9pm
For Appointment outside of receptions until June 2: call 312 852 7717

June: Compelled: The Selective Service Act of 1917- War is Trauma, Celebrating People's History: Iraq Veterans Against the War - Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice, and Aaron Hughes' Dust Memories

July: The Rise of Hate: Johnny Milano's Series “White Pride Worldwide”, Christian Picciolini, and the Work of the Equal Justice Initiative - Mapping Lynching in the USA.

August: Silent Sentinels No More! The 1917 Night of Terror and Women Unite Against Trump: Group Show - Women's Marches

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

Open by appointment through May 5, Call for an appointment 312 852 7717

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608



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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.