All events are free and open to everyone and take place at DePaul Art Museum unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, May 14 , 3–5pm
Operating on a traditional company class model—where members of the ensemble share their rehearsal practice with a general public in an open format—Abolitionist Company Class reimagines the function of rehearsal and study as liberation practice. Curated by Anna Martine Whitehead, a series of in-person workshops will introduce participants to abolitionist theater tactics with Monica Cosby, who works together with Acting OutSide, a self-contained theater group of formerly incarcerated women.
Please register by emailing Ionit Behar at IBEHAR@depaul.edu with the subject line “Abolitionist Company Class.”
LOCATION CHANGE: Event is happening at DPAM.
Saturday, May 14, “Space Junk” Video Installation 1–3pm, Showcase Screening 3pm
D.E.F. is both an acronym for “DePaul Experimental Film” and the slang word “def,” meaning “cool.” Experimental film is a visionary art form, boundary pushing and virtually limitless in scope. And yes it’s really, really cool!
The juried “Showcase Screening” features short films that span many forms of the experimental filmmaking medium, from letterist cinema, to lyrical film, to collage, to structural, to landscape, to music video, to dance film, to experimental documentary, experimental narrative, and beyond. In many cases the work is challenging and complex, stunning visually, and oft times incredibly personal—it is work that deserves to be seen and celebrated. Preceding the “Showcase Screening,” is the single-channel “Space Junk” Video Installation (on loop) featuring sculptural video created with objects found in Chicago’s glorious alleyways.
These projects were created by DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts students in Experimental Filmmaking I and Experimental Filmmaking II classes.
35 tickets will be available for the 3pm Showcase Screening. To reserve a spot please register below.
Thursday, June 2, 3:00–4:00pm
Join DePaul’s class “Contemporary Musical Improvisation” with School of Music Professor Jeff Kowalkowski in a musical performance in the galleries in response to the current exhibition Remaking the Exceptional.
Photo: Collin Pierce
Saturday, June 4, 3–5pm
As part of Abolitionist Company Class,“Assembly” is a performative exploration of collective organizing where a group of dancers explores the somatics of Black radical imaginative practice. Performers: Darling Shear, Raquel Monroe, Kierah King, Rahila Coats, Zachary Nicol, and Anna Martine Whitehead.
Wednesday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 29, All Day
DePaul Art Museum welcomes Chicago based artists Dorothy Burge and Vincent Wade Robinson for a two-week residency. Artist Dorothy Burge is a fabric and multimedia artist and community activist who is inspired by history and current issues of social justice. She is one of the strongest voices in Chicago for police accountability and reparations for survivors of police torture. Artist Vincent Wade Robinson is a CPD survivor himself. He spent 31 years in state prison, teaching and working as an artist in a variety of different mediums and his passion for art kept him sane for more than three decades and continues to be his source of happiness today. Both artists will be working in DPAM’s event space throughout museum open hours, making artworks together while telling stories and engaging in conversation with museum visitors around their personal and community struggles, activism, and daily courage for navigating the impacts of our prison systems.
Top: Vincent Wade Robinson. Photo: Mark Poucher
Bottom: Dorothy Burge. Photo: Joshua Clay Johnson
This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities through its Envisioning Justice initiative and and by DePaul University’s Vincentian Endowment Fund.
Saturday, June 18, 2–5pm
us for a social justice quilting workshop with artist Dorothy Burge. Using fabric, alphabet stencils, and fabric markers, Dorothy Burge will guide participants of the workshop through a series of steps that will allow them to create a social justice quilt
patch that sends a positive message to survivors of police torture. The patches created can be donated to be included in an ongoing and interactive exhibition organized by the artist. In Dorothy Burge’s own words: “The purpose of the workshop is to provide
a source of comfort to survivors; to honor their strength and to document the abuse. There are still many police torture survivors who are currently incarcerated and quilt making is a tool to continue to raise awareness and inspire action.”
Registration is required. Please email Ionit Behar at
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, June 6, 2022 to sign up for this workshop.
Photo: Lakeside Quilting Guild
Sunday, July 17, 3pm
The State/Free project synthesizes a year-long series of class conversations between Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project (PNAP) instructors and students. Together, they imagined what a “51st Free State” might look, sound, and move like, developing a dialogue across the prison wall, a dance, a sonic interpretation of space and time. Damon Locks and Anna Martine Whitehead will present one interpretation of their findings. PNAP is Aaron Barnes, Aaron Hughes, Allen "NY" Johnson, Antoine Ford, Antwan Tyler, Carlos Ayala, Carlvosier Smith, Damon Locks, Darrell Fair, Derrick Parks, Devon Terrell, Doris Sterling, Ike Easley, John Knight, Johnny Taylor, Luan Luna, Kevin Walker, Lamaine Jefferson, Anna Martine Whitehead, Rayon Sampson, Robert Curry, Rodney Love, Samuel Elam, and Sarah Ross.