Dean La Prairie
Opening Friday, January 10, 2019 6pm-10pm
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com
In the mid-nineties, when this project was shot over a two year period, the bike messenger was a common everyday fixture of the urban experience, a flesh and blood system of communication in a pre-internet world.
Although the familiar association the casual observer had of the messenger was one of perilous motion flitting through traffic, with a blasé disregard for its rules or conventions, La Prairie decided to approach it from the static convention of the portrait- he felt it was like asking anarchy to stand still for a moment and comb its hair.
He adopted the conventionality of the square format portrait because of its contrast in presenting fluid energy in repose, as well as the square’s challenge of presenting the messenger’s natural environment; the urban landscape.
Discussion 7pm with Dean La Prairie, Short Film Screening Concrete Rodeo from Chip Williams, and The Gig Economy Then and Now with Ashley Baber, PhD candidate in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include: inequality, urban sociology, political sociology, labor markets, the gig economy and the political economy of urban education. Her dissertation research focuses on how cities regulate gig industries and how these regulations go on to shape the local labor market. Ashley has published work on funding inequality across Chicago Public Schools, charter school expansion and public school closures in Chicago and the “sharing economy.” Ashley has taught courses on inequality in the United States at Loyola University and a course on inequality in Chicago for the Black Male Leadership Academy at Roosevelt University. She has received several awards including outstanding graduate instructor and outstanding service to the sociology department.
Open by appointment outside of receptions through February 7, 2019. For an appointment, call 312 852 7717
Opening Friday, February 14, 2019 6pm-10pm
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com
Discussion with David Obermeyer 7pm
Obermeyer had the opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba on two occasions in early 2019. He found himself wandering the streets of Havana concentrating on the everyday in Cuba, looking for the link that connects us all regardless of space.
Cuba is a complex country. The government provides everyone with housing, healthcare and a good education, a good model, but the sixty year embargo has made life a hardship for the Cuban people. There were bright spots in the economy during the Obama administration but the Trump Administration has taken us backwards as if that surprises anyone.
Obermeyer hopes Americans will work to end the embargo started 60 years ago whose sole purpose was to inflict hardship on the Cuban people. We need to stand up and embrace our socialist neighbors, in order to move forward.
Open by appointment only outside of receptions though March 6th. Please call 312 852 7717 for an appointment.
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, 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.