'The Gallery Gap' Episode 15: Organize Your Own

Sep 6, 2017

In this episode, we switch things up a bit, and Melissa talks to Claire about the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art's current exhibition, Organize Your Own: the Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. 

The traveling exhibition, organized by Daniel Tucker, is currently on display in the galleries through October 28, and features work by nine artists and artist collectives whose work responds to the history of multi-racial coalitions organizing against poverty, oppression, and racism.

(from left) Hy Thurman, Antonio Lopez, Michael James and Stan McKinney discuss the Rainbow Coalition at a panel hosted by the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, moderated by Brian Lovato (right).
Credit Lacy Scarmana

Claire talks about why she brought the exhibition to campus, as well as her reasoning behind the direction of the programming. The episode then focuses on the first exhibition-related event: the Rainbow Coalition panel that took place on August 30.

The Rainbow Coalition was a multi-racial coalition that formed in Chicago in the late 1960s to work against racism, poverty, and oppression. The panel included representatives from groups who comprised the panel: the Illinois Black Panthers Party (Stan McKinney), Rising Up Angry (Michael James), the Young Lords (Antonio Lopez), and the Young Patriots (Hy Thurman), and was moderated by Brian Lovato (Augustana College). They discussed how the Rainbow Coalition came into existence, the work it accomplished, and its impact and importance on the contemporary moment.

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