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 Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements


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Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements is a exhibition and event series that started in both Philadelphia and Chicago in early 2016 and is now traveling nationwide. Organize Your Own features new works by contemporary artists and poets that respond to the history of the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism.

The exhibit features newly commissioned artwork by participants from the country, including Amber Art & Design, Anna Martine Whitehead (with Thread Makes Blanket), Irina Contreras, Robby Herbst, Matt Neff, Mary Patten, Dave Pabellon, Helen Shiller's Keep Strong Magazine photo archives, Frank Sherlock (with Kelly Writers House), Society Editions collaboration with the poets of the Young Patriots Organization, Dan S. Wang, Rosten Woo.  

The reading area of the exhibition includes the project catalog edited by Anthony Romero for Soberscove Books with reflections on this project from Fred Moten, Mark Nowak, Rasheedah Phillips, Bettina Escauriza, Mariam Williams and Jen Hofer. Also see online project documentation featured on by Irina Contreras, Anne Braden Institute, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Salem Collo-Julin, and Thomas Graves with Jennifer Kidwell.

Curated by Daniel Tucker, the exhibition project also includes numerous events (panels, tours, performances and public projects) which have taken place throughout previous exhibition runs. Original funding for the project came from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Philadelphia) and Columbia College (Chicago). 

Don't Miss the Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Coming Home and Organize Your Own
Friday, November 03, 2017
Member Preview: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Public Welcome: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5

Join us for the Coming Home and Organize Your Own opening reception to get a first look at the works on view. Meet and mingle with the artists on-site, explore the galleries, and enjoy light refreshments from Marie Catrib's and a cash bar.

Thank You.

UICA thanks the following for their support of Organize Your Own.

Conduit Studio
Ferris State University
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
UICA Members

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: November 3
Coming Home
Later Event: November 3
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