An Invisible Hand - Exhibition Programming

Opening Reception

May 22nd, 5-8pm

An informal reception to celebrate the opening of the group exhibition,
An Invisible Hand. This event is free and open to the public.

Broken Promises: A Discussion

June 20th, 5-8pm

A panel discussion on socially engaged art practices and the state of public housing in Chicago, featuring artists Patricia Evans, John Preus, Jamie Kalvin and David Schalliol and Shriver Center Housing Justice advocate, Jeremy Bergstrom.

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Screening: “The Area”

June 26th, 6-8pm

Screening of David Schalliol’s in-progress feature-length documentary film The Area, which tells the story of a South Side Chicago neighborhood that’s getting demolished to make way for an internodel freight yard. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Englewood community activist Deborah Payne, and Shriver Center housing department fellow Jenna Prochaska.

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Obamacare: The Impact on Mental Health Care

July 10th, 12-1:30pm

A panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") and the impact that newly available insurance and Medicaid options have on access to mental health services and treatment. Artist Lisa Lindvay, Shriver Center Assistant Director of Health Care Justice Stephanie Altman, and Thresholds Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Heather O'Donnell, will discuss the new opportunities for coverage and the gaps that still remain in the network of services for people with mental health needs. (This event has been approved for CLE credit)

*Lunch will be included*

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Screening: Hard Earned

July 14th, 6-8pm

A screening of Episode 1 of Kartemquin Films' six-part documentary series that follows five families around the country to find out what it takes to get by on eight, ten, or even fifteen dollars an hour. The first episode features Emilia on her 50th birthday, as she takes stock of her career as a waitress and struggles to hold onto her house. DJ gets frustrated with working conditions at Walgreens and starts talking to his co-workers about how to make a change. Clerical worker Jose and his girlfriend Elizabeth look for a way to move out of their parents' basements and give their son his own room." The screening will be followed by a discussion.

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Artist Talk: Pedagogy + Practice

July 16th, 6-8pm

Artists Maria Gaspar, Billy McGuinness and Lisa Vinebaum discuss the many ways their own artistic practices and teaching philosophies influence each other.

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Impact Night

July 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm

A fundraiser for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. The event features a panel discussion centered around the question, "How do you address poverty?," paying special attention to where there are overlaps and deviations in approach and/or mindset amongst the participants. Panelists include artist Billy McGuinness, WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton, and Shriver Center President John Bouman.

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Curator-led tour of exhibition with Meg Noe

July 25th, 1-2pm 

A guided tour of the exhibition with curator Meg Noe on the final day of the show.