May 11th Opening: April 1968 and Today: Police and Military Occupation of Chicago.

Opening: FRIDAY
MAY 11th, 6-10pm,

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted
Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

Unfinished Business: 1968-2018

This five month series of shows and discussions explores the many ways the struggles of fifty years ago are the same struggles today in Chicago.

"This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white--separate and unequal. It is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens." -The 1968 Kerner Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report is a reminder of how America has in many ways fallen further behind in the struggle for equality and justice for all.

May 11th Opening: April 1968 and Today: Police and Military Occupation of Chicago.

Photographs, Prints, Multimedia Work, and Films from Marc PoKempner, Larry Redmond, Gerard Evans, Carlos Cortez, Nelson W Armour and Michael Kreuser from Artists for Action Chicago, Kathy Weaver, Peter Kuttner, Christopher Urias and Kathy Steichen and more. Short films: 4-27-1968 Peace Protest, 2012 NATO.

MAY 11 Program 630pm:

Mary Scott-Boria lived near the Westside when Dr King was assassinated in April 1968. She is a lifelong activist from Chicago who has stood witness from many perspectives: a teenaged mother, the IL Black Panther Party, the Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, Cook County Democratic Women, Mikva Challenge helping young people develop their voices in government and politics and CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers). Currently, Ms. Scott-Boria is the director of Urban Studies at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

Bruce Thomas came to Chicago from Washington DC in 1967 as a Field Team Leader for National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission. He stayed, working first in social services -Illinois Institute for Social Policy and IL Department of Children & Family Services - and then in education, where he continues his work today. He co-created the school district in the Illinois correctional system, collaborated in the design and creation of an experimental Chicago elementary school, directed projects in advocacy and education, including the International Living Program--a pilot project that enabled older foster care youth in Chicago to study in Europe for an academic year. Currently Mr. Thomas works as a volunteer tutor in a Southside Chicago public elementary school and collaborating in the creation of The Holding Circle, a mental health component for teachers and students.

Uri-Eichen Gallery curator Peter Kuttner will moderate with a Q&A following the presentation. Mr. Kuttner was arrested and jailed for photographing the leafleting of National Guard called up after Dr. King's assassination. The leaflets urged the soldiers to refuse to occupy the community. Three weeks later, out on bond, he filmed the Chicago police attack on an anti-Vietnam War march and demonstration at which he was not arrested, having learned a lesson earlier in April.

By appointment through June 1. For an appointment call 312 852 7717

Unfinished Business: 1968-2018

A five month series exploring the many ways the struggles of fifty years ago are the same struggles of today in Chicago on the anniversary of the release of the 1968 Kerner Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders

Closing program Friday June 1 from 7-930pm

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted
Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

April 1968 and Today: Police and Military Occupation of Chicago

An evening of films and discussion


President Johnson and the Kerner Commission From Eyes on the Prize: "Two Societies" [1967]

What's Going On? Marvin Gaye asks the musical question under silent archival US Army footage of the occupation of Chicago's Westside in the aftermath of the King Assassination [1968]

April 27 A peaceful demonstration is violently attacked by Chicago Police [1968]

Battle of Michigan Avenue The infamous August 28, 1968 Chicago police riot during the Democratic National Convention [1968]

Medium Cool A scene from a Hollywood movie of an actor searching for the young boy playing her son among the real police and US military occupying Grant Park . [1969]

Four Days in Chicago The final day of Occupy's mass demonstrations and marches during the 2012 NATO Summit.[2013]

Chicago Black Lives Matter Protest Police Shootings Interviews of protesters, filmed during a demonstration and march [2016]

Join us on Saturday June 2, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the URI-EICHEN Gallery to launch the new bilingual book Caras lindas de Colombia / Beautiful Faces of Colombia

Opening: FRIDAY
JUNE 2nd, 6:30-9pm,

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

Rooted in visits to Afro-Colombian communities and some remarkable black women who have given their lives to advocating for their people’s rights.

Photographer/author Michael Bracey and coauthor Ruth Goring will be present to talk about the book and to sign copies. Luz Marina Becerra, a prominent leader in the Afro-Colombian movement, will give a short presentation (with interpretation) about black women’s struggle to bring down boundaries of race, gender, and class.

Photographer MICHAEL BRACEY has received the CAAAP Portfolio of the Year award (2001), a Chicago Arts Assistance Council grant (2004), a Hutchinson Arts Association Council grant (2004), and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2003) for Africans Within the Americas, a ten-year project of travel to twelve different countries documenting commonalities among people of African descent, which resulted in a traveling exhibition and a book. His other books include Urban Waters, The Black Christ Festival of Portobelo (Panama), and It’s All about the Hats. Rivers of Women is coauthored with Shirley LeFlore and published in 2013 by 2Leaf Press. Website: MichaelBracey.Photography.com

RUTH GORING grew up in Colombia, and in recent years she has provided accompaniment and advocacy to peace communities in that country. Her poetry collection Soap Is Political (Glass Lyre, 2015) is rooted in stories told to her by Colombians resisting war and other kinds of violence. Her 2017 picture book Adriana’s Angels / Los ángeles de Adriana tells the story of a Colombian child whose family has to flee after receiving threats (Sparkhouse Family); the Spanish edition won a silver Moonbeam Award. She is working on a series of chalk pastel portraits of Afrodescendant and indigenous Colombians, and in 2016-17 she led a team of artists in creating a mosaic/collage artwork honoring the people of the besieged eastern sector of Aleppo, Syria. Website: ruthgoringbooks.com

LUZ MARINA BECERRA PANESSO is a human rights defender, a spokesperson before national and international institutions, and an advocate for the rights of and reparations for Afro-Colombian communities. Currently she is serving as president of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) and its women’s initiative, La Comadre (Union of Displaced Afro-Colombian Women in Resistance).

1968 and 2018: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Opening: FRIDAY
JUNE 8th, 6pm-10pm,

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

Program 7pm: The new Poor People’s Campaign in Chicago with Aaron Hughes. Hughes is an artist, activist, organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran based in Chicago.

"The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Portfolio" features a series of twenty-five screenprints by twenty-four artists that express the fundamental principles and core concepts that guide the work of the new Poor People’s Campaign. On December 4, 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign and called for the nation to take dramatic steps to end poverty. In the wake of his assassination the Campaign went forward but fell short of its vision. Fifty years later, a new Poor People’s Campaign has emerged from over a decade of work by grassroots movements fighting to end poverty, racism, militarism, and environmental destruction. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is building a broad and deep national movement—rooted in the leadership of poor people—to unite from the bottom up in a Campaign that can bring forth a moral revolution of values to achieve equality and justice for all people.

On the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beyond Vietnam speech, organizers from the new Poor People’s Campaign reached out to artists across the country with a general call for artwork addressing the themes central to the Campaign. Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative responded to the call by setting out to make a popular education portfolio for Campaign activists and organizers to use during regional and local teach-ins in preparation for the 40 Days of Moral Action that will begin on Mother’s Day, May 2018.

Note: Bill Mauldin’s 1968 political cartoon “Getting into Step” about the original Poor People’s Campaign was reprinted for educational purposes with an awareness of the problematic tropes used in the print.

Associated Artists

Aaron Hughes, Colin Matthes, Erik Ruin, Jesse Purcell, Josh MacPhee, Kevin Caplicki, Mary Tremonte, Nicolas Lampert, Paul Kjelland, Pete Railand, & Roger Peet

Other Artists

Art Hazelwood, Ashley Hufnagel, Eli Wright, Eric J. Garcia, Jane Norling, Joanna Ruckman, Mary Patten, Sam Companatico, Sarah Farahat, & Yvette M. Pino

Open by Appointment outside of receptions until July 6th. For an appointment, call 312 852 7717.

July 13th: "There goes the neighborhood!" The Fair Housing Act of 1968- Segregation, Affordability and Gentrification of Chicago in 2018
August 10th: Vote With Your Feet! Failures of Electoral Politics
September 14th: Walkout! 1968 and 2018 School Walkouts

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, as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73 and a Staff Representative for AFSCME Council 31. 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 working for the Chicago Teachers Union 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 hundreds of visual art and community events at the gallery in the last seven years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy art, 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 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 twenty 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 theme

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