2015 Awardee filmfront 2 Year Anniversary

Film Food Footnotes Book Launch + 2 Year Anniversary Party
Sunday, June 30, 5-9pm
1740 W. 18th St. 

Film Food Footnotes is filmfront’s entry into the world of self-publishing. A collaboration with Imani Jackson from Conjugation PressFilm Food Footnotes is a booklet that loosely examines moments of food in film in some of our favorite movies: Sicilia!Still Life (Sam Taylor-Wood); The Gleaners and IJeanne Dielman; Bicycle ThievesStill Life (Jia Zhangke); and Earth.
All of this month’s screenings feature films from the book.

Celebrate the release of our booklet and 2 years of programming at filmfront on Sunday, July 30!

Signature beverage inspired by Jia Zhangke’s Still Life made possible by filmfront friend and bartender Charles Clark. 

2015 Awardee filmfront Earth Screening

In Earth, Aleksandr Dovzhenko gives a poetic depiction of nature alongside the conflict of agricultural collectivization between peasant Ukrainian farmers and the landowning “kulaks”. The film presents two accounts of this collectivization; the first a portrayal of peasants working the land, sharing their lives with the soil and their harvests; the second an ideological framework underlying the idea of land ownership as told through the Bilokin family saga and the introduction of the tractor into the process of collective work as a type of machine protagonist.

The films visual impact and its poetic depiction of nature overshadows this ideological framework, and although Earth presents an enthusiastic endorsement of collectivization, nature remains the root of life, death and rebirth.

by Aleksandr Dovzhenko
1931, digital projection, 84 min

2011 Awardee Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Awarded Rauschenberg Fellowship

2017 Artist as Activist Fellow: Racial Justice + Mass Incarceration 

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials will design and mount a permanent public memorials embodying the experiences and testimonies of over 120 African American police torture survivors and their families. The memorials, which include artwork, archival materials, and oral histories, will connect Chicago police torture to the rise of mass incarceration and excessive sentencing in Illinois and in the broader United States

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials is a cultural collective seeking justice for police torture survivors. Since their founding in 2011, they have curated, organized, and created artwork to reimagine what justice might look like in these cases. This work inspired a grassroots campaign that fought for, and won, unprecedented reparations legislation for torture survivors from the City of Chicago. Whether organizing major exhibitions, pop-up art events, or living memorials, their work embodies the intersection of art and activism, radical popular education, and a tenacious commitment to anti-racist politics.

2015 Awardee John Preus Organizes Infinite Games

Opening Event: September 14, 6:30pm
Open House Contemporary 
740 N. Ogden

In 2013, despite significant protest, the City of Chicago closed 50 Chicago public schools (CPS), displacing 12,000 children in the city’s south and west neighborhoods. John Preus gained access to CPS materials that were slated for the landfill, and he redirected six semi-loads of damaged desks, tables, chairs, and bookshelves to a vacant storefront in Washington Park. Over the past four years the materials became material for John Preus’ work, a natural tool for his interest in creating dialogue about contemporary social-political, civic, and labor structures. Countless repurposed cubes, tables, and sculptural furniture objects created by John Preus have been disbursed throughout the world as Infinite Archive Series ; yet most CPS materials remain unused. They have inspired John Preus to open his project as a community undertaking, inviting artists and designers to respond to the materials conceptually and functionally.

Participating artists will create installations, objects, wall pieces, functional work, interventions, and offsite projects for a 6-month exhibition at Open House Contemporary (OHC), opening concurrently with EXPO Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Located at 740 N Ogden, OHC is a gallery and award-winning AirBnb, owned and operated by artist and designer Matthew Kellen. OHC consists of three 3-br apartments in a single building, which will be completely open for artists’ projects and sitespecific installations. Local artists will make work, with fabrication and collaboration as needed, while international participants will send designs for prototyping or adaptation to the CPS materials.

Infinite Games continues John Preus’ ongoing project of giving new life to discarded CPS materials; opens his salvaging and reuse practice to other artists, and most importantly deeply embeds the project within a lived architecture and design space. For John Preus, “the leftover detritus from the social and economical upheaval [of the CPS closings] becomes archived into functional form. The material world hides traumas and victories,” and by putting a community of artists and designers in contact with disposed materials, new dialogues and conversations will emerge that will point to more ambitious responses to Chicago’s architectural displacement.

Opening Concurrently:
In/Situ Installation for EXPO Chicago
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Opens September 13 at Navy Pier

2016 Awardee For the People Artists Collective Call for Artists and Info-Session

Submit artwork and proposals for work for For the People Artists Collective’s 2018 exhibition Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Police Violence in Chicago
Deadline to Submit: September 3
For the People Artists Collective is currently accepting submissions and proposals for their upcoming 2018 city-wide exhibition Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Police Violence in Chicago. The exhibition will allow audience members to engage with Chicago’s history of police violence in order to better understand what led to our present circumstances. The exhibition will invite viewers to imagine a future without policing, serving as a space in which we can envision new structures for community safety that are not reliant on police and prisons.
Do Not Resist? Exhibition: Artist Info Session 
Tuesday, August 15, 6-7:30pm
Light food & drinks provided
Location provided after registration

Are you interested in submitting artwork or ideas to Do Not Resist? Attend For the People Artists Collective’s artist info session for a clearer idea of who we are, our mission and values, our exhibition goals, and what we’re looking for in submissions and proposals. Space is limited to only artists interested in submitting work. Free. Light food and drinks provided.

2016 Awardee Sống Hosts Argyle is Alive

Part of Pivot Arts’ Uptown Arts Crawl, BASE LINE: Argyle is Alive is a one night pop-up summer festival that will feature curated food, live performances, music, art and local vendors while highlighting the diverse talent of immigrant, refugee, and people of color (POC) creatives, artisans, and craftspeople at our space under the Red Line Argyle station.

The event brings together the arts and food while highlighting the local community’s voices. Come celebrate with us as Argyle comes alive!
$10 Suggested Donation

Tickets can be purchased in advance at

More information can be found at:

More information about the Pivot Arts Festival can be found at:

Line Up

Music & Performances:
– The Vietnamese Buddhist Truc Lam Youth Association
– Tsukasa Taiko
– Jennifer Ligaya
– “Abundance” (Movement, Sound, and Ritual Performance) Patricia Nguyen, Jennifer Ligaya, Haydee Souffrant, & Justin Zullo
– Monotone
– Kabashi & Malo
– Elephant Rebellion
– Ivan Resendiz

– “Memories of War” (Photography Exhibition)
– “El Mastabah” – Hani Moustafa (Photography Exhibition & Tea Room)
– For the People Artists Collective
– Live Painting – Natalia Virafuentes
– Anthony Linh Nguyen
– “Stories Unfold” Installation – Patricia Nguyen

– Axis Lab
– Friends with Chaos – Tanuja Jagernauth
– Monica Trinidad
– For the People Artists Collective
– Cafe Ciat
– Little Saigon Baguette
– Asian Human Services
– Ay Sauce Spicy Suka
– Red Penguin Furniture
– The Good Shephard Enterprise
– Kie-Gol-Lanee

2016 Awardee Artist-run Exchange Program Presents Revenge Body

Revenge Body: Rachael Hayden & Sophie Friedman-Pappas
Organized by Open Space Gallery, Baltimore
Opening Reception: June 9, 6-9pm
3252 W. North Ave.
For its inaugural Artist-Run Exchange Program exhibition, ADDS DONNA announces a two-person exhibition organized by Open Space, an artist-run gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Rachael Hayden and Sophie Friedman-Pappas will present paintings and sculpture that combine symbolic imagery with a juicy, psychedelic-pop aesthetic. Together their work delves into the unexplained and otherworldly in pursuit of self-awareness.
Also as part of the Artist-run Exchange Program, Adds Donna will be traveling its current exhibition Landline (On view thru May 27) to Open Space in 2018. To be considered for future traveling exhibitions, email 10-15 images and a short statement to

2012 Awardee THE FRANKLIN Hosts Dr. Rock

Discuss your respective anxieties with Dr. Rock
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 17, 2-4pm
3522 W. Franklin Blvd.

Dr. Rock transforms the Franklin Gallery into a therapist’s office where visitors are invited to sign up in advance and discuss their respective anxieties with the rock in attendance. Known for their humble stature and centuries of experience, Dr. Rock has kindly agreed to donate their services for up to three consecutive Sundays. Email and schedule your free appointment today!

This exhibition is tied to the launch of Picard’s debut graphic novel ten years in the making. The Chronicles of Fortune (Radiator Comics) follows the life of Fortuna, a depressed and thus ineffectual super hero, and her alter-ego Edith-May as they spend a night on Alcatraz, discover a talking mountain growing in their apartment, befriend a crying crocodile, and are swindled into buying a $50 goldfish for its alleged singing abilities.

2015 Awardee HAIR CLUB Teaching Seminar at Ox-Bow

SCULPT 655 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 8pmSaturday, June 17, 2017, 10am
This interdisciplinary studio/seminar, led by the collective HAIR CLUB, explores hair as a lens through which to examine a diverse array of contemporary issues, events and experiences. The first week will focus on hair as cultural content with lectures, readings, and discussions around how hair carries expressions of power into gender, politics, and consumerism. The second week will delve into hair as material subject in writing, fashion and visual culture. Through these generative discussions, students will create responses that can take any form of the students’ choosing, as book or anthology, as object or garment, as narrative sequence in two dimension or as performance in space and time. HAIR CLUB is committed to outward facing-research and collaboration and will invite participation from the wider Ox-Bow hair community.

2012 Awardee CAKE Sixth Annual Expo

Sixth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Saturday, June 10—Sunday, June 11, 11am-6pm

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Ave.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email