URI-EICHEN GALLERY

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 and Natasha Erskine. Hughes is an artist, activist, organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran based in Chicago. Natasha Erskine enlisted in the U.S. Air Force right out of high school in 1996. She is a member of Veterans For Peace and organizer with the Poor People’s Campaign

"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.




"There goes the neighborhood!"
The Fair Housing Act of 1968

Unfinished Business: 1968-2018 May through September


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.

Opening: FRIDAY, JULY 13, 6pm-10pm,

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

"There goes the neighborhood!" The Fair Housing Act of 1968 - Segregation, Affordability and Gentrification of Chicago in 2018

Activist-artist Tonika Lewis Johnson’s visually stunning photographs document daily life in Englewood. Johnson tenderly challenges the sensationalized, damage centered narrative of the Chicago South Side neighborhood in which she was raised. Her images celebrate the resilience of urban Black culture in Englewood by portraying levity, triumph, joy and normalcy.

Activist –artist Larry Redmond's photographs Document the tear down of the Ida B. Wells housing project. Redmond used photos taken of the site in the 40s by Jack Delano, and juxtaposed them with his photos of the buildings. Good jobs leaving the city resulted in these neighborhoods running down.

Artists John Pitman Weber and Sonja Handerson: photos and prep sketches of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial to Chicago's 1960s Fair Housing Movement, the 1966 marches in Marquette Park in cooperation with IMAN and CPAG.

Screening: Video of US President Lyndon B. Johnson announcing of the signing the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The act prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex and family status.

Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act

Program at 7pm: A group of CHA public housing tenants and organizers of CHI, the Chicago Housing Initiative, will discuss continued de facto segregation in Chicago neighborhoods and the failure of the city to provide enough adequate subsidized rental apartments for poor and low-income families.A tenant member of the activist Lathrop Leadership Team of the Julia C. Lathrop Homes, a Chicago public housing project built in 1938 and currently being redeveloped as market-price and mixed income rental apartments, displacing over 500 CHA residents, will speak about the"Keeping the Promise" Ordinance proposal now being considered by the Chicago City Council and the implications of the growing trend to gentrify public housing sites. The discussion will be moderated by filmmaker Peter Kuttner, whose documentary film about Chicago teenagers in public housing, focusing on Lathrop Homes, is in early stages of production at the Community Television Network - CTVN -a youth media access organization in Humboldt Park. Q&A will follow.

Open by appointment outside of receptions until July 6. Call (312) 852-7717 for an appointment.

August 10th: Vote With Your Feet! Failures of Electoral Politics

September 14th: Walkout! 1968 and 2018 School Walkouts

October: Fundraiser and art auction for URI-EICHEN Gallery!



URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608
info@URI-EICHEN.com
www.uri-eichen.com


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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, 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.