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Amber Art & Design

Urban Space Jockeys

Digital Prints

22x30 inches

Photo credits: Taji Nahl; Performance by: Ernel Martinez, Keir Johnston

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Matt Neff

The devil does not need an advocate

Risograph prints

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Dan S. Wang

Course Poster

woodcut and letterpress on Japanese paper

18in x 12in

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Robby Herbst

I Used To Be A White American

Pencil, watercolor paint, Gouache on paper

22 1/2 in x 30 in 

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements

Curated by: Daniel Tucker

March 3 - April 9, 2016

Opening Reception: March 3, 5-7pm

Organize Your Own features new work by contemporary artists and poets that responds to archival materials related to the history of white people organizing their own working-class white neighborhoods in Philadelphia (the October 4th Organization) and Chicago (the Young Patriots Organization) in keeping with the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism.


Fifty years ago, the members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) made a historic call. Stokely Carmichael wrote: “One of the most disturbing things about almost all white supporters of the movement has been that they are afraid to go into their own communities-- which is where the racism exists - and work to get rid of it. They want to run from Berkeley to tell us what to do in Mississippi; let them look instead at Berkeley... Let them go to the suburbs and open up freedom schools for whites.”


The exhibition features artwork by:
Mary Patten, Dave Pabellon, Dan S. Wang, Rosten Woo, Robby Herbst, Matt Neff, Amber Art & Design, Works Progress with Jayanthi Kyle, Irina Contreras, and Anne Braden Institute along with archival photographs from Helen Shiller, documenting community organizing in Uptown. 

Events:

Artist Talk

March 5, 2pm: Leviton Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave.
Artist talk with Amber Art, Dan S. Wang, Works Progress with Jayanthi Kyle, Dave Pabellon, and Mary Patten. Facilitated by Daniel Tucker.


Organize Your Own

March 15, 6pm: A discussion at the MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave
This discussion will start with a screening of an excerpt from the film American Revolution 2 (by the Film Group) followed by a discussion about artists who are organizing in culturally and ethnically specific networks, including Eric J. Garcia, Nicole Marroquin, and Maria Gaspar, moderated by Anthony Romero.



Panel Discussion about Rainbow Coalition

April 6, 6pm: Stage 2, Columbia College Chicago, 618 S. Michigan 2nd Floor 
A discussion about the formation of and activism by the Rainbow Coalition, featuring Mike James, Billy Che, Hy Thurman, and Antonio Lopez, moderated by Rebecca Zorach. 

Tour of Uptown, Concert, and Time of the Phoenix Release

April 8, 4-9pm: Tour will meet at 4pm at the front entrance of Target (4466 N. Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640)
A walking tour of the Uptown neighborhood with Young Patriots Organization organizer Hy Thurman and special guests followed by a bluegrass concert at Carol's Pub. Sam Gould's Wooden Leg Print & Press will release reproductions of the original "Time of the Phoenix" poetry chapbooks published in the 1970s by Young Patriots Organization, Doug Youngblood and Columbia College Press. Drinks and concert will be at Carol's Pub (4659 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640). Guests must be 21 or older with valid ID to enter.


Thread Makes Blanket

April 9, 2pm: Leviton Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave.
Thread Makes Blanket (Philadelphia) will host a chapbook publication release and a performance of My Black Rupture.

For a full list of events and more information, please visit: https://organizeyourown.wordpress.com/events/