A discussion and workshop exploring art making in collaboration with social justice movements, through the lens of labor, equity, and identity. Movement Art WORK is a collaborative event highlighting the work of movement artists. Through an interactive format, we hope to explore issues such as the disparities in gender and labor in social movements as well as understand what work is valued above others and the contributions to the movement by grassroots organizations.
– Dr. Natalie Bennett (Director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) at University of Illinois at Chicago)
– Monica Trinidad (Artist and co-founder of For the People Artists Collective)
– Aram Han Sifuentes (Artist)
– Sam Kirk (Artist)
– Kristiana Rae Colón (Let Us Breathe Collective)
Movement Art WORK is in conjunction with the current exhibition Personal Expression & Collective Action at Art In These Times, and being organized by the Showcasing Movement Graphics class and Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) at University of Illinois at Chicago.
* In These Times has fixed its elevator and the space is now accessible with an elevator with access to the second floor.
PERSONAL EXPRESSION & COLLECTIVE ACTION
Through a belief in personal expression in concert with collective action, members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative produce prints, graphics, and publications that inspire, activate, and transform. Over the past decade, these graphics have contributed to an astounding range of movements for peace and justice, from the antiwar movement to climate justice, Occupy to Black Lives Matter. In addition to creating thousands of graphics with a diversity of grassroots movements, Justseeds members have produced collective portfolios, painted massive murals, hosted art builds, wheat-pasted on the street, and worked collaboratively in and outside the cooperative, all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends
The Personal Expression & Collective Action exhibition highlights the expansive scope of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative by featuring artworks from each of the twenty-nine artist members.
The exhibition is being organized by the Showcasing Movement Graphics class in the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.