Portal: online screenings | Natalie Bookchin
In Long Story Short, over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Northern and Southern California discuss their experiences of poverty, with the resulting interviews edited together in Bookchin’s signature polyphonic, multi-channel style. She writes: Even while the film uses some tropes of online participatory culture, including the first-person narrative, the webcam, it also, through its tempo and use of quietness, suggests a refusal. It points to an interiority that we don’t have access to. It suggests that some things remain unspoken, that narrators decide on what to reveal and to withhold.’
Available from Monday, October 12 – Sunday, October 25
Portal: online screenings | Dread Scott
Welcome to America explores brutality against immigrants in US detention after Sept 11, 2001. Made before the revelations at Abu-Ghraib, the work uses images released by the Department of Justice showing some of the violent handlings of immigrants in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. A child repeats some of the racist, xenophobic and threatening epithets that were shouted at the detainees as their faces were shoved into a shirt with an American flag on it. In the background is a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by school children.
Available from Monday, September 28 – Sunday, October 11
Portal: online screenings | Guy Ben Ner
Foreign Names focuses on the worker displacement in a compilation of video clips from Aroma, an Israeli coffee shop chain. Ben-Ner’s video shows counter staff at the coffee shops yelling nonsensical English “names,” fabricated and given to them by the artist. The texts edited together become a lament of the waiters’ disappearance and the state of workers today.
Available from September 14 to September 27, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Bani Abidi
Bani Abidi exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the show Traduttore, Traditore curated by Karen Greenwalt and Katja Rivera. Traduttore, Traditore brought together a group of artists from around the world who employ processes of translation to expose, question, and challenge global circuits of economic and cultural capital.
Available from August 24 – September 14, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Yoshua Okón
Yoshua Okón exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2014 show Nice Work If You Can Get It, curated by Lorelei Stewart. Exploring the legacies of industry, immaterial labor, service work, invisible labor, and more, the artists featured in the exhibition articulated a variety of responses to the relationships between labor, economy, and politics.
Available from August 10 – August 24, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Alejandro Cesarco
Alejandro Cesarco exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the show Traduttore, Traditore curated by Karen Greenwalt and Katja Rivera. Traduttore, Traditore brought together a group of artists from around the world who employ processes of translation to expose, question, and challenge global circuits of economic and cultural capital.
Available from July 27 – August 10, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Karina Skvirsky
Karina Svirsky exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2014 show Nice Work If You Can Get It, curated by Lorelei Stewart. Exploring the legacies of industry, immaterial labor, service work, invisible labor, and more, the artists featured in the exhibition articulated a variety of responses to the relationships between labor, economy, and politics. Nice Work If You Can Get It was part of an ongoing series of exhibitions and events, Standard of Living, which explored shifts in economies and works in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Available from July 13 – July 27, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | James T. Green
James T. Green exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2016 show our duty to fight, organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and allied movement organizations and projects. This exhibition sought to hold space for survivors and families bereft of justice and healing under anti-Black state violence while offering a living testament to the specific and shared struggles that have been at the core of radical, visionary world-making in Chicago organizing.
Available from June 28 – July 12, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Zakkiyyah Najeebah
Zakkiyyah Najeebah is Chicago based visual artist and independent curator. Her work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, intimacy, and Audre Lorde’s naming of “the erotic” Her practice borrows from visual traditions such as social portraiture, video assemblage, and vernacular found family sourced materials.
Available from June 15 – June 28, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Fawzia Mirza
Fawzia Mirza & Ryan Logan exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2016 show Making Chances, presented as part of the citywide program Platforms: 10 Years of Chances Dances. This was a multi-venue series of events and exhibitions featuring artwork, ephemera, herstory, performances, texts, and music by artists who have been supported by the long-standing and multifaceted queer collective Chances Dances, their monthly inclusive parties, and their Critical Fierceness Grant program.
Available from May 25 – June 8, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Rami George
Rami George (b. 1989, Somerville, MA) is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, video, text, and installation. Their work has been presented widely in the US and internationally, including a current solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Art Center.
Available from May 11 – May 24, 2020.
Portal: online screenings | Maria Gaspar
Maria Gaspar | Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall
Between 2017 and 2018, Maria Gaspar and Michael De Anda Muñiz led a series of workshops inside Cook County Jail’s Division 6, working with a self-selected ensemble of incarcerated men over the course of one year.
Available from April 27 – May 10, 2020.
Turn the Light
January 17 – March 7, 2020
Social justice and radical imagination have long legacies in Chicago, from Ida B. Wells to Jamila Woods, from Gwendolyn Brooks to Rudy Lozano. What might be deemed a Chicago sensibility has grown from that legacy, a tradition of solidarity, protest, resistance, and nourishment. In the long arc of the entwined Chicago legacies of social justice and art, artists and activists have both imagined radically.
The Last Judgment
August 27 – November 23, 2019 (EXTENDED) | 27 de agosto – 23 de Noviembre de 2019 (EXTENDIDA)
As a multi-part project, The Last Judgment features large-scale sculptures built as pyrotechnic scenography for a public pyrotechnic event to be presented in Little Village. The sculptures—built by master artisans of Artsumex collective in Tultepec (Mexico’s pyrotechnic capital)—derive from the struggles, life experiences, and resilience of Little Village residents, as well as concerns about environmental justice and gentrification.
Alberto Aguilar moves on human scale
April 26 – July 20, 2019
Alberto Aguilar’s first large scale survey explores how the Chicago-born and based artist’s various life roles and surroundings have shaped a searching, inquisitive practice that is grounded in, and produces, a radical everyday. Aguilar’s creative work often incorporates whatever materials he has at hand and has extended into collaborations and exchanges with others, including his own family.
A Nameless Familiar
April 6-13, 2019
A Nameless Familiar, the second of two University of Illinois at Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibitions features the work of Kylie Renee Clark, Sarabeth Dunton, Isaac Gilmore, Ted Kim, javier jasso, and Nancy Sánchez Tamayo. The pieces included in this exhibition examine the myriad ways memory and nostalgia manifests within contemporary art practice and the here and now.
Now & There
March 22-30, 2019
Now & There, the first of two University of Illinois at Chicago Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions features the work of Leticia Bernaus, Stella Brown, Daniel Carroll, Malte Stiehl, and Tamara Becerra Valdez. With close attention to the connection between place and identity, each artist examines the overt complexities ever present in memory, whether collective or personal, actual or imagined.
All have the same breath
January 18 – March 9, 2019
All have the same breath emerges out of a two-year interdisciplinary, collaborative project in which groups of anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, artists, geographers, and scientists, have been investigating the politics of the environment and how the changing climate is experienced and negotiated across the world. The exhibition considers our relationship to the earth, and how that relationship is mediated by outside forces.
Chicago New Media 1973-1992
November 1 – December 15, 2018
Although Chicago is not often thought of as an epicenter for new media art, technology, or industry, the city was home to some of the earliest and most important experiments in new media in the late 20th century. Chicago New Media 1973-1992 chronicles the under-recognized story of Chicago’s contributions to new media art.
Chicago Disability Activism, Arts, and Design: 1970s to Today
September 14 – October 20, 2018
This exhibition focuses on the history of Chicago’s disability community and its intertwined activism and culture, as well as its development of disability aesthetics, an aesthetics that challenges traditional modes while exploring conflicting categories and definitions. Presented as part of Art Design Chicago.
Out of Easy Reach
Gallery 400 in collaboration with DePaul Art Museum and Rebuild Foundation present Out of Easy Reach guest curated by Allison Glenn. Countering conventional accounts of art history, which have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color, Out of Easy Reach presents 24 artists from the Black and Latina diasporas through artworks created from 1980 to 2018.
Garden for a Changing Climate
Created by artist Jenny Kendler, Garden for a Changing Climate is a community-driven participatory public art project that uses a traveling garden of local plants to give Chicagoans a dynamic and tangible experience of the central effects of climate change.
Traduttore, Traditore brings together a group of artists from around the world who employ processes of translation to expose, question, and challenge global circuits of economic and cultural capital. Taken from the Italian aphorism that roughly translates to “translator, traitor,” the title of this project speaks to the misunderstandings, losses, and fragmentation that manifest during this process of exchange.
Let Me Be an Object that Screams
Let Me Be an Object that Screams brings together a range of works by contemporary artists in order to test psychoanalytic concepts of ‘subject-hood’ and the ways a subject’s counterpart, the ‘object,’ is animated by artistic and exhibition practices. The exhibition proposes subversions to how political and psychic power have been traditionally and consistently distributed in accordance to who is perceived to operate with agency and thought, in contrast to the disinvestment of groups and communities read as “other.”