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Conversations & Creations: A Talk and Workshop with Oscar Arriola & Derek Potts

Thursday, September 21, 5–7pm

This presentation explores zines as a vehicle for artistic expression and resource-sharing from Chicago zine-maker and photographer Oscar Arriola and DePaul Special Collections archivist Derek Potts. Following the conversation will be an open zine-making workshop where visitors are welcomed to create and explore tactics, content, distribution, and authorship amongst the two speakers. Materials provided.

Life Cycles Opening

Thursday, September 7, 6–8pm

Please join us for an in-person reception celebrating the opening of DPAM’s Fall 2023 exhibition Life Cycles. Light refreshments will be served.

Revolutionary Filmmaking and Historical Memory in El Salvador: Seizing the Means of Projection

Saturday, July 15, 5pm

Curated by Jacob Lindgren from Inga Books (Pilsen, Chicago)—in collaboration with Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (“Santiago”), Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, and Colectivo Audiovisual Guacamaya—this film screening features various generations of Salvadoran filmmakers and activists showing what it means to seize the means of projection and make films for and by communities in control of their own stories. Films shown in the program include La Zona Intertidal (1980) by El Taller de los Vagos, a deceptively calm fictional essay on the detainment, torture and assassination of Salvadoran teachers, Carta de Morazán (1982) by Sistema Radio Venceremos, a portrait of rebel military life in guerilla-controlled Morazán, and ¿Por que nos organizamos? (2022) by Colectivo Audiovisual Guacamaya, a weaving of both historical struggles and contemporary activism which stresses the importance of maintaining historical memory alive as means to avoid repeating the past.

During the 1980s, against the backdrop of El Salvador's civil war, revolutionary groups engaged in armed struggle turned to filmmaking as an equally fundamental weapon against oppression, misinformation, and the erosion of historical memory. Working towards an urgent, agitational, and conscious-raising—or revolutionary—cinema, the documentaries produced often depicted life (and death) in the guerilla’s zones of control, featuring scenes of agricultural work, civic festivals, education environments, and combat. Often without concern for cinematic tradition, filmmaking took place across a patchwork of formats, recording techniques, and abilities, with film frequently lost, destroyed, or buried underground for safety by one film crew to be unearthed by another. Always a collective effort, with a film’s credits typically entirely pseudonyms, the period produced several revolutionary and guerrilla filmmaking units, such as the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front’s in-house media collective Sistema Radio Venceremos and the Fuerzas Populares de Liberación’s Instituto Cinematográfico de El Salvador Revolucionario.

Presented in partnership with DePaul's Center for Latino Research.

Art Projects For The Now: LL Proyectos & Casa Ma—A panel discussion on Central American Based Art Spaces

Thursday, May 18, 6pm (online)

In conjunction with our current exhibition Art for the Future: Artist Call and Central American Solidarities, Chuquimarca presents “Art Projects For The Now”—an online presentation and panel discussion with directors Karon Corrales and Leonardo González from Honduran-based project space LL Proyectos and Gala Berger from Costa Rican-based project space Casa Ma. Moderated by Joshua Rios, contributor to the Art for the Future publication. This event presents examples of contemporary art projects and initiatives within each of the space’s respective localities. Join us to learn about these two Central American based art spaces that are programming, archiving, and revising their own localities, politics, and art histories. A discussion and Q&A will be conducted after presentations.

Chuquimarca is an art library project tasked to gather and share resources related to contemporary art and art histories. We gather art books, exhibit projects, and propose educational programs. We do a seasonal research group program called Tanda and a summer art writing program called Muña. Chuquimarca is based in Chicago, IL and is directed by John H. Guevara.


D.E.F. Showcase 2023

Saturday, May 13, 1–5pm

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 Experimental Animation on loop from 1–2:30pm.

These projects were created by DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts students in Experimental Filmmaking I and Experimental Filmmaking II classes.

50 tickets will be available for the 3pm Showcase Screening. To reserve a spot please register below.


“The Man Who Envied Women:” Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, May 11, 6pm

Join us for a screening of Yvonne Rainer’s The Man Who Envied Women (1985), a 16 mm film that records a broken marriage between a professor and his artist wife, incessantly interrupted by documentary footage. This grainy Super 8 footage is of two sets of political actions with which Rainer was personally involved in the first part of the 1980s: the activist organization Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America and Mayor Ed Koch’s Artist Homeownership Program, or AHOP.

Following the screening Professor Erina Duganne, co-curator of the exhibition Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities and Professor Daniel R. Quiles will be in conversation.

Presented in partnership with DePaul University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Image: Yvonne Rainer, The Man Who Envied Women, 1985, 16mm, 125 minutes.

International Solidarities: Panel with Current Central American Humanitarian Defenders

Wednesday, April 19, 6pm

In partnership with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), DePaul Art Museum invites you to a panel discussion on international solidarity with current central american humanitarian defenders. Panelists include Daysi Funes, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centro Romero, Yesenia Portillo, organizer with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, and Mario Venegas, torture survivor from Chile and in CRLN’s board. Moderated by CRLN’s Latin America Program Coordinator Jhonathan F. Gómez and DePaul Professor Lydia Saravia, this program focuses on social movements and organized communities within and between the U.S. and Latin America.

Presented in partnership with DePaul's Center for Latino Research

Tour of Art for the Future with curator Abigail Satinsky

Saturday, April 15, 11am–12pm

Please join us for a guided tour of Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities by exhibition co-curator Abigail Satinsky. The exhibition focuses on the seminal 1980s activist campaign, Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America. The exhibition highlights Artists Call’s history through a selection of activities and works from the 31 exhibitions and over 1,100 artists who participated in New York City and references Artists Call’s legacy today in new forms of inter-American solidarity networks and visual alliances. This exhibition is organized by Tufts University Art Galleries (TUAG) and curated by Erina Duganne, Associate Professor of Art History, Texas State University and Abigail Satinsky, TUAG Curator & Head of Public Engagement.

Abigail Satinsky is the Curator & Head of Public Engagement at Tufts University Art Galleries, where she has organized exhibitions & public projects with Sofía Córdova, Museum of Capitalism, Faheem Majeed, Press Press, Erin Genia, Josh MacPhee, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and others. She is also the Program Director for the Collective Futures Fund, which supports artist-run projects in Greater Boston through the Regional Regranting program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Before coming to Tufts, she curated and collaborated on numerous projects in public space, artist-run galleries, and non-profit organizations, including directing residency, exhibitions and granting programs at Threewalls in Chicago and cofounding Hand in Glove, a national conference for artist-run culture. She was part of the artist research group InCUBATE and founded Sunday Soup, a micro-granting project which initiated 65 chapters internationally.

Art For the Future: Opening Day

Thursday, March 23, 11am–7pm

Please join us for the first day of DPAM’s Spring/Summer 2023 exhibition: Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities. This exhibition is organized by Tufts University Art Galleries (TUAG) and curated by Erina Duganne, Associate Professor of Art History, Texas State University and Abigail Satinsky, TUAG Curator & Head of Public Engagement.

Image: Artists Call organizational meeting at Leon Golub’s and Nancy Spero’s studio, New York, 1984. Courtesy of Doug Ashford.

Krista Franklin Gallery Talk & Performance with Ben LaMar Gay (In-person)

Saturday, December 10, 2:30 PM

In the first solo museum exhibition of her work, Solo(s): Krista Franklin draws on the artist’s vast range of materials and references, situated at the intersection of poetics, popular culture, and the dynamic histories of the African Diaspora. Often referring to the performance of a single musician, the exhibition’s title, ​Solo(s) is instead guided by the artist’s commitment to collaboration with fellow artists, writers, and musicians. Franklin appropriates text and images from vintage magazine articles and other printed matter that she collects. The very act of collaging—cutting, pasting, and juxtaposing—puts Franklin’s works in direct conversation with the materials of other photographers and writers, transporting her to the time of their original publication. Join Krista Franklin for a conversation in the galleries to learn more about her artistic practice and inspirations followed by a performance with composer Ben LaMar Gay.

This program is presented in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio.