Film Screening, Discussion and Closing Reception For Other Purposes
Opening: FRIDAY MAY 12, 6-10pm,
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
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Film: 7pm Sacco and Vanzetti
June 1, 7-9pm
Leading the post-screening discussion, Lionel Bottari will draw on his deep Italian roots, his work as a storyteller, musician and puppeteer, as well as his trade union experience as a third-generation member of the IWW - International Workers of the World. The Wobblies organized strikes in support of Sacco and Vanzetti before their wrongful conviction and execution.
For Appointment outside of receptions until June 2: call 312 852 7717
Salsedo Press was named for Andrea Salsedo, an Italian-born anarchist printer who was arrested in the Spring of 1920 and held for 8 weeks, before being thrown from a 14th floor window of the US Justice Department's Bureau of Investigations in NYC..
Two days later, two men who knew Salsedo were arrested in Braintree, MA for robbery and murder - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
Sacco and Vanzetti, a 2006 documentary by Peter Miller tells of thecase that came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America. Millions of people around the world protested on their behalf, and now, 90 years later, their story continues to have great resonance, as civil liberties and the rights of immigrants are again under attack.
Powerful prison writings (given voice by John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub) and passionate interviews with Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie and Studs Terkel are interwoven with artwork, music, and film clips. Through the story of Sacco and Vanzetti, audiences will experience a universal - and very timely - tale of official injustice and human resilience.
Join us a Uri-Eichen Gallery for the film, a discussion and the closing reception for the first in our five month series "100 Years - 1917 to 2017". May's exhibit is For Other Purposes: The Espionage Act of 1917 and a 40 Year Retrospective of the Posters of Salsedo Press.
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.]
Series May through September: 100 Years: 1917 and 2017 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
2101 S Halsted Chicago 60608
Opening June 9th, 6-10pm Discussion 7pm: Counter Recruitment work in CPS and other schools of Pat Hunt of NorthWest Suburban Peace & Education Project and Arny Stieber and Frank Fitzgerald of Chicago Chapter of Vets for Peace
Open by appointment through July 7. For an Appointment call 312 852 7717
About the show:
War Is Trauma is a portfolio of handmade prints produced by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). This portfolio transpired out of a street poster project, from November 2010, which a number of Justseeds artists provided graphics for "Operation Recovery" - a campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops and win service members and veterans right to heal. Posters were pasted in public, replacing many corporate advertisements, to focus public attention towards the issues not being discussed - GI Resistance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault in the military or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For this project over 30 artists from Justseeds, IVAW, and our allies have each created a print that addresses “Operation Recovery,” its larger goals of supporting service member and veterans right to heal, GI resistance, challenging the culture of militarism in the US, and ending the war in Afghanistan. A total of 130 portfolios have been created that we hope inspire 130 exhibitions that can act as a starting point to bring different people together – veterans, civilians, Iraqis, Afghans, and others to dialogue on issues.
'Celebrate People's History: Iraq Veterans Against the War - Ten Years of Fighting for Justice and Peace' is a portfolio poster project honoring IVAW's ten year history of speaking out against the wars and taking action to bring home the impact of these wars. The portfolio features contributions from IVAW members, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative members, along with allied veterans, artists and writers. It highlights key ideas, moments, projects, tactics and individuals from IVAW history in order to uplift IVAW's ongoing struggle, inspire others to take action, and preserve a snapshot of movement history.
Aaron Hughes’ Dust Memories: Dust Memories is a series of drawings, paintings, and collages that communicate the ambiguous and anxious moments of his deployment with the 1244th Transportation Company in support of combat operations in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. In 2008, a series of ten artist books were produced. The hand bound accordion book and it’s cyclical structure was conceived as a metaphor for continually repeating memories of his deployment, as well as representing the reality that this journey in many ways is still being carried out. The book was made with a generous grant from Booklyn Arts and has been collected by many private and public collections. Public Collections: Clark Arts Institute, Lafayette College, Library of Congress, Pritzker Military Library, Stanford University, University of California Irvine, University of Connecticut, and Yale University. Aaron Hughes is an artist, activist, organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran based in Chicago.
About Just Seeds: With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets—all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.
About the discussion 6-9 at 7pm:
Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace: Arny Stieber - MBA, Retired CEO, Coordinator of the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace. Moved the Chapter to focus on the de-militarization of CPS as the main project. Army, infantry in the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam.
Frank Fitzgerald - Professor of Sociology at College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. B.A., Loyola University; M.A., New School for Social Research; Ph.D., The State University of New York at Binghamton. Associate (non-veteran) member of Veterans For Peace. Developed a video and web site on de-militarizing CPS - http://EducationNotMilitarization.org. Headed up a fund raising initiative to place de-militarization billboards around the city.
Pat Hunt joined NorthWest Suburban Peace & Education Project in the fall of 2004. The group had just started counter-recruiting in all 6 high schools in District 214. This district is in the northwest suburbs of Chicago (hence the group’s name!) and includes Elk Grove H.S., Buffalo Grove H.S., Rolling Meadows H.S., Prospect H.S., Wheeling H.S., and Hersey H.S. We go to each high school once a month, set up a table, put out information that students can take home, and talk to students about options after high school other than the military. ¬¬¬We have also branched out from just counter-recruiting to issues of peace and social justice. We have hosted community forums, film screenings, and vigils that go right to the heart of peace and social justice.
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
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.