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The Q4 Tribe

The Q4 Tribe
Quennect 4 Gallery, 2012. (Image credit: Amara Betty Martin.) It’s hard to interview nomads when you’re trying to squeeze through dancing multitudes and libations are streaming forth and a fusion of hip hop and world music is blasting and you’re in the middle of an atmospherically lit space covered wall-to-wall in colorful murals with slogans ready to rouse revolution within you. Then again,... 

Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective

Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective
Art is no stranger to social justice movements. In the twentieth century alone, the US witnessed folk songs in protest of the Vietnam War, Feminist art critiquing the unequal treatment of women, and guerilla art collectives fighting for an adequate government response to the AIDS crisis. The Occupy Movement is no exception. Growing out of Occupy Chicago’s Arts & Recreation subcommittee, The... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II
At the opening reception for Dealing with New Demands, Jennifer Mills and her art consultant trio engaged in a one-night only performance that encouraged the audience to participate by purchasing art on the spot. The exhibition is part of a larger project called The Happiness Project, which is taking place in a variety of art spaces throughout the month of November. Below is a brief interview* with... 

Art on the Move: Protest Art from Occupy Chicago marches

Art on the Move: Protest Art from Occupy Chicago marches
Protest art, often handmade, sometimes crude, but always politically expressive is more often thought of as a tool with a message than art in and of itself. Decades after a struggle, however, you can find remnants of those political movements in museums. The exhibition “Vision and Communism” is on display at the Smart Museum of Art. The Art Institute of Chicago is currently showing the exhibition... 
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