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Octavia E. Butler Tarot Deck: A Conversation with adrienne maree brown and Krista Franklin, moderated by Julie E. Moody-Freeman (Online)

Wednesday, September 28, 6pm

adrienne maree brown and Krista Franklin share a love for Octavia E. Butler’s work. They recently collaborated on the The Octavia E. Butler Tarot Deck that is forthcoming with AK Press. Join them for an online conversation about Butler, tarot, and more, moderated by Julie E. Moody-Freeman.

adrienne maree brown is a writer, activist and facilitator, and author of Grievers (the first novella in a trilogy on the Black Dawn imprint); Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation; We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice; Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good; Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the co-host of the How to Survive the End of the World, Octavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

Krista Franklin is a writer, performer, and visual artist, the author of Too Much Midnight (Haymarket Books, 2020), the artist book Under the Knife (Candor Arts, 2018), and the chapbook Study of Love & Black Body (Willow Books, 2012). She is a recipient of the Helen and Tim Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her visual art has been exhibited at DePaul Art Museum, Poetry Foundation, Konsthall C, Rootwork Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and the set of 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She is published in Poetry, Black Camera, The Offing, Vinyl, and a number of anthologies and artist books.

Julie E. Moody-Freeman is the Director of the Center for Black Diaspora, Co-Director of the Social Transformation Research Collaborative, and an Associate Professor in the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University. She is the co-editor of The Black Imagination, Science Fiction, and the Speculative and The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative. Her work on African American Romance has appeared in Romance Fiction and American Culture, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, and the Journal for Popular Romance Studies. She is also the creator and host of the Black Romance Podcast, which is building an oral history on Black Romance writers.

This program is planned in conjunction with the exhibition Solo(s): Krista Franklin and supported by DePaul’s Women's Center, Center for Black Diaspora, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Department of History of Art and Architecture.

This is an online event. A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees following registration.

Image credit:
adrienne maree brown. Photo: Anjali Pinto
Krista Franklin. Photo: zakkiyyah nabeejah dumas o'neal

Rashayla Marie Brown's 'Reality Is Not Good Enough' (2021): Screening and Conversation (In-person)

Saturday, September 17, 6pm

Join us for the screening of Rashayla Marie Brown’s newest film Reality Is Not Good Enough, a moving tribute to Black women who dream of being reality TV stars, no matter how exploited they might become. This comedy-drama experimental short remixes never-before-seen documentary footage of a failed WeTV pilot featuring the director's mother, a biracial adoptee from a Trumpmaniac family. The director's sisters and nieces humorously flip stereotypes and tragic devices of unscripted TV with surprising dexterity, citing Josephine Baker to Oprah Winfrey. Set to a masterful jazz score by Tomeka Reid, Reality is Not Good Enough shows Black women with power behind the camera as much as they are in front of it.

Following the screening, the artist will be in conversation with her mother, sisters, and nieces: Ann-Marie Hammond, Abrina Marie Matthews, Angell Marie Brown, Bailey Marie Brown, and Parker Marie Williams.

This program is planned in conjunction with A Natural Turn: María Berrío, Joiri Minaya, Rosana Paulino and Kelly Sinnapah Mary, curated by Ionit Behar, PhD. Sponsored by DePaul’s Center for Black Diaspora and Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Image credit: Rashayla Marie Brown, Reality Is Not Good Enough, 2021. Film poster. Courtesy of the artist

Fall Exhibitions Opening Night (In-person)

Thursday, September 8, 6–8pm

Please join us for an in-person reception celebrating the opening of DPAM’s Fall 2022 exhibitions: A Natural Turn: María Berrío, Joiri Minaya, Rosana Paulino, and Kelly Sinnapah Mary; Solo(s): Krista Franklin; and Demanding Change, Bearing Witness: Photographs from the Wilson Garling RiseUP! Collection. The reception will begin at 6pm with remarks at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

State/Free Performance

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.

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.

Remaking the Exceptional Publication Release: Poetry Reading and Stories of Resistance

Thursday, July 14, 5:00–7:30pm

Join us in-person as a community to celebrate the publication of the Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations book. This launch, like the book, weaves together artwork, poetry, legal testimony, research, and experiences of creative resistance against systems of oppression, all the while celebrating the struggle for survival, justice, and reparations by imprisoned people, activists, and artists.

The program will begin promptly at 5:30pm with a reception to follow.

Moderated by Maira Khwaja, the program's speakers include Mansoor Adayfi, Baher Azmy, Dorothy Burge, Anthony Holmes, LaTanya Jenifor-Sublett, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and Aislinn Pulley.

For those unable to join in-person, the program will be livestreamed via Zoom. All those who register will receive a link to join the virtual discussion.

Pre-order your copy of the book here!

This program is made possible in part by the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab, and DePaul University’s Vincentian Endowment.

Social Justice Quilting Workshop with Dorothy Burge: Message to Police Torture Survivors (In-person)

Saturday, June 18, 2–5pm

Join 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 to sign up for this workshop.

Photo: Lakeside Quilting Guild

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.

Residency: Dorothy Burge and Vincent Wade Robinson

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.

Abolitionist Company Class - “Assembly” (In-person)

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.

Music in the Galleries (In-person)

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

Abolitionist Company Class: A Workshop with Monica Cosby (In-person)

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 with the subject line “Abolitionist Company Class.”

LOCATION CHANGE: Event is happening at DPAM.