Public Events


Public Events

All events are free and open to everyone and take place at DePaul Art Museum unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Public Events

Stockyard Radio

Alternating Thursdays, 2:30–4pm

Join us for a bi-weekly radio program with artist Jim Duignan and invited guests. The radio station, located at DPAM as part of the exhibition Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy, will broadcast past and present Stockyard Institute radio projects. Key collaborators include Davion Mathews and Jeff Kowalkowski, who have worked with Stockyard Institute for decades to create community sound projects and radio broadcasts in schools, art spaces, public parks, and beyond. The radio station was built by Charlie Vinz of Adaptive Operations with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

DePaul’s Class “Community Audio Art” with School of Music Professor Jeff Kowalkowski will be assisting to produce the broadcast.

Dates of upcoming radio programs: 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18

Stay tuned!

Recordings will be available every other Friday on Stockyard Institute's SoundCloud

Reparations Now and Onwards: Voices of Survivors, Advocates, and Next Steps

January 8, 2022, 11am–1pm

Ahead of the exhibition Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo opening to the public on March 10, 2022, DePaul Art Museum hosts an online panel conversation which will observe 20 years of Guantánamo as an extra-legal prison and the 7 years since the passage of the Jon Burge reparations ordinance, the first and only of its kind in the United States. Panelists included are Aislinn Pulley (Chicago Torture Justice Center), Kilroy Watkins (Chicago Torture Survivor), Mansoor Adayfi (Guantánamo Torture Survior and author of Don’t Forget Us Here), and moderated by Joey L. Mogul (People’s Law Office). Curators and artists of the exhibition Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg will introduce this panel, a speculative reparations bill as an advocacy tool in anticipation of U.S. recognition of harm, and a citizens reparations fund.

Presented by DePaul Art Museum in partnership with DePaul’s Law Library. This program is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Rochele Royster in conversation with Jim Duignan

Thursday, January 20, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, Rochele Royster presents her work Dolls4Peace included in the exhibition, in which she invited children, teachers, and community members across Chicago to create handmade dolls as a means for addressing trauma and gun violence. Royster has worked for the last 20 years integrating art therapy into the educational setting and has worked with youth, adolescents, and young adults with various learning differences. Royster will be in conversation with Jim Duignan, artist and founder of Stockyard Institute.


Opening Reception: Remaking the Exceptional

Thursday, March 10, 6–8pm

Join DPAM to celebrate the opening of our Spring 2022 exhibition Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo. Remark by curators and survivors beginning at 6:30pm

Making Art for the People with Monica Trinidad

Saturday, March 26 and Saturday April 9, 2–4:30pm

This two-part workshop is for early-stage creatives currently working with an organization, collective, or campaign focusing on prison/police abolition, anti-militarism/imperialism, environmental/land justice, or other efforts for racial, economic, gender, disability, and education justice. Together with Chicago organizer Monica Trinidad, participants will explore the process of collaborative art making as a key site of transformation and power building, creating art as portals for storytelling, tools for mobilizing and engaging, and sites of inspiration to build muscles of hope for the long haul.

It is highly recommended to attend both workshops in person, on March 26 and April 9, but accommodations can be made for only attending one or wanting to attend virtually. Please mark on the form if you’re applying to attend both dates. Capacity is set for 15 people maximum. If the form is an access barrier, please email Ionit Behar ( by February 1, 2022 for further assistance.

CTJM Commemorative Banner Walk

Friday, May 6, 4:30pm

On Friday, May 6, 2022, the 7th anniversary of the reparations ordinance, and the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Chicago Torture Justice Center, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials will hold a commemorative banner walk in conjunction with “Remaking the Exceptional.” In 2014, CTJM created 120 vertical black banners, each inscribed with the hand-painted name of a known police torture survivor, and the date they were tortured. On April 4 of that year, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, we held a march and rally downtown with the banners, culminating in CTJM’s First Annual Participatory Memorial Action. We have re-created this performance in the years since, at other marches, exhibitions, and vigils. The public activation at DePaul will be another iteration of this “living memorial.”