ix, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Chicago social practice history series.
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Against the inevitability of the present. "And what happens to you concerns us here" : imaginings for a (new) prison arts movement / Erica R. Meiners and Sarah Ross ; William Walker's Walls of prophecy and protest, and the revolutionary roots of a public arts movement / Jeff Huebner ; Haymarket : an embattled history of static monuments and public interventions / Nicolas Lampert ; Marks, messages, manifests : public political intervention in Chicago / Rebecca Zorach Law as artistic medium. Why artists? / Laurie Jo Reynolds and Stephen F. Eisenman ; Cold storage on the periphery / Laurie Jo Reynolds ; Against the machine : artists for Harold Washington / Joyce Owens ; Mapping the depths of a lake / Sarah Kanouse ; The TIF Illumination Project and civic imagination / Tom Tresser Art and illegality. Reflections on the case by the US Justice Department against Steven Kurtz and Robert Ferrell / Claire Pentecost ; Art in public space : democracy in action / Nicle Marroquin ; Our kids didn't invent guns / Lavie Raven interviewed by Rebecca Zorach Solidarities. Report to the public / Lisa Junkin Lopez and Benneth Lee ; Officer friendly never lived here : youth, urban policing, and art / Mariame Kaba ; Simple agreeing to appear together : a conversation about street-level video / Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle interviewd by Rebecca Zorach ; Prison and print / Projects by Temproary Services and Michael Piazza ; Building a gang-proof suit : a pedagogical and artistic framework for the Stockyard Institute / Jim Duignan Challenging the security state. Justice, radically imagined / Members of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials interviewed by Rebecca Zorach ; Border zones of art and activism / Rozalinda Borcilǎ interviewed by Rebecca Zorach ; The 2009 Winter Unlympic Games / Anne Elizabeth Moore ; What is to be (un)done : notes on teaching art and terrorism / Mary Patten.
Art Against the Law launches the new Chicago Social Practice History series, edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller in the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In 1968, Chicago made headlines for the ferocity of its police response to protesters at the Democratic National Convention, prompting outrage in the art world. Some artists pulled their shows from the city and called for a boycott until the mayor left office. But others responded artistically, creating new works and even full exhibitions in reaction to the political and social issues raised by the summer's events. Despite the city's sometimes notorious political and social history, art practices that challenge authority have thrived in Chicago. Art Against the Law examines the creative tactics of the city's activist artists and their ways of addressing the broad definitions of the law - from responses to excessive policing to inequities in public policy. These include creative forms of protest, rebellion against the law through illegal art practices, and using the political system itself as an art medium to alter existing laws. The essays and conversations in this volume also address the boundaries between art and creative activism and question whether lines should be drawn at all. Through these texts and interviews, Art Against the Law proves that creative imagination can be formidable in challenging the status quo.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.