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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.

D.E.F. Showcase 2022 (in-person)

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.


Remaking the Exceptional Curators in Conversation with Prof. Christina Rivers (virtual)

Wednesday, April 13, 6pm

Join us for a virtual conversation between artists Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes, curators of the exhibition Remaking the Exceptional, and Christina Rivers, Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University.

What went into making this exhibition? Remaking the E​xceptional marks 20 years since the opening of the United States' extralegal prison in Guantánamo by examining local and international ramifications of state violence, while also uplifting acts of creative resistance. This exhibition highlights connections between policing and incarceration in Chicago and the human rights violations of the "Global War on Terror." It celebrates the struggle for survival, justice, and reparations by imprisoned people, activists, and artists. Remaking the Exceptional​ brings together a diverse group of artists and activists working on the legal and moral implications of torture and incarceration.

This program is sponsored in part by the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab.

Making Art for the People with Monica Trinidad (virtual)

Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 16, 2–4:30pm

This two-part workshop is for early-stage creatives (or artists new to movement art making) interested in creating artwork in collaboration with an organization focusing on prison/police abolition, anti-militarism/imperialism, environmental/land justice, or other efforts for racial, economic, gender, disability, and education justice in Chicago.

Together with Chicago organizer Monica Trinidad, participants will explore a hands-on 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, on April 2 and April 16, both from 2-4:30pm, in order to complete the process of creating one poster in collaboration with an organization. Accommodations can be made for only attending one workshop date or wanting to attend virtually. This workshop has a maximum capacity of 15 participants. If in person, participants will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination. Registration for this event has closed.

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DePaul Sneak Preview

Thursday, March 10, 12pm

DePaul Students, Faculty, and Staff: Join curators and artists Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes on opening day for a tour of the exhibition Remaking the Exceptional. Please show your DePaul ID at the entrance.

Max capacity 15: to reserve your spot email

Exhibition Opening Day

Thursday, March 10, 11am–7pm

Be one of the first to view DPAM’s newest exhibition, Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo, guest-curated by artists Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes! Celebrate the work of survivors, artists, activists, and collectives with long-term commitments to creating visions of justice in our city and beyond. Make your reservation via Tock for opening day.

Image: Ahmed Badr Rabbani, Untitled, 2015. Acrylic on card. Courtesy of the artist, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Reprieve. Photo: Zoey Dalbert.

Museum Subjectivities / Subjetividad en los museos

Thursday, February 3, 1pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy, DePaul Art Museum presents the panel “Museum Subjectivities.” Breaking the fiction of art’s autonomy, protected traditionally by museum walls, these efforts also involve amplifying subjective and communal experiences beyond traditional art institutions. Museum professionals from different Latin American institutions in Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, and Colombia, speak about long-term relationships that open up ways for subjective and collective transformation.

Conjuntamente con la exposición Stockyard Institute: 25 años de arte y pedagogía radical, el museo de arte de DePaul presenta el panel “Subjetividad en los museos.” Rompiendo la ficción de la autonomía del arte, protegida tradicionalmente por las paredes de los museos, estos esfuerzos también implican ampliar las experiencias subjetivas y comunitarias más allá de las instituciones de arte tradicionales. Profesionales de museos de diferentes instituciones latinoamericanas de Chile, Paraguay, Argentina y Colombia, hablan de relaciones a largo plazo que abren caminos para la transformación subjetiva y colectiva.


Ticio Escobar, Museo del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay. Soledad García Saavedra, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez; Universidad de Chile; Red de investigadores del Museo Solidaridad Allende, Santiago de Chile, Chile. William Alfonso López Rosas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Alianza Colombiana de Museos, Bogotá, Colombia. Johanna Palmeyro, Movimiento Justicia Museal; Museo Casa de Ricardo Rojas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Eva Marxen, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Red de Investigadores Museo Solidaridad Salvador Allende [Research Network Museum Solidarity Salvador Allende].

The event is online and in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English by Alejo Magariños.

Este evento será online y en Español con traducción simultánea en inglés por Alejo Magariños.

Photo of Museum Justice Movement's street intervention, October 2020.

Imágen de intervención callejera del Movimiento Justicia Museal, October 2020.

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.

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 Survivor 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 fund for Guantánamo survivors.

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.


Stockyard Radio Orchestra

Friday, November 19, 1pm–5pm

Join us for a durational performance and sound installations by "Stockyard Radio Orchestra" played throughout DePaul's Holtschneider Performance Center.

Location: Holtschneider Performance Center 2330 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614