May 22–Jul 25, 2015
In partnership with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law
An Invisible Hand unpacks diverse experiences of poverty. In presenting a collection of photographs, sculpture, moving image and sound, this group exhibition studies the topic of poverty through the many different lenses that the Shriver Center looks to address the issue in their advocacy and policy work.
May 22–Jul 25, 2015
May 22, 2015, 5–8PM
Jun 20, 2015, 5–8PM
Broken Promises is a panel discussion on socially engaged art practices and the state of public housing in Chicago. Panelists include Patricia Evans, John Preus, Jamie Kalvin, David Schalliol, and Jeremy Bergstrom, Shriver Center Housing Justice Advocate.
Jun 26, 2015, 6–8PM
David Schalliol’s in-progress feature-length documentary film The Area tells the story of a South Side Chicago neighborhood that’s getting demolished to make way for an intermodal 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.
Jul 10, 2015, 12–1:30PM
Obamacare: The Impact of Mental Health Care is 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.
Jul 14, 2015, 6–8PM
Hard Earned, episode 1, Kartemquin Films. 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."
Jul 16, 2015, 6–8PM
Artists Maria Gaspar, Billy McGuinness and Lisa Vinebaum discuss the many ways their own artistic practices and teaching philosophies influence each other.
Jul 24, 2015, 1–2PM
A guided tour of the exhibition with curator Meg Noe.
Jul 23, 2015, 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.
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. Access to justice and equal opportunity under the law are fundamental American values. We ensure that laws and policies provide low-income people with access to adequate health care, decent housing, a safety net, and opportunities to achieve their full potential. We advocate for positive policy and systemic changes on a range of issues, including asset building, budget and taxes, community justice, economic justice, education, health care, housing, and challenges facing women and girls. Most importantly, we ensure that the voices of marginalized people are heard.
An Invisible Hand, installation views at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 2015