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Chicago Political Art

 Midwest MS Dill Pickle Bx.4 Fl.#33 (oversize), Anti-War Dance Poster

Dill Pickle Club, Anti-War Dance Poster, call number MS Dill Pickle Bx.4 Fl.#33 (oversize)

Thursday, February 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, February 20 – March 27

5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Led by Daniel Tucker
This class is full and registration has closed.

This seminar will investigate how Chicago emerged as a site for artists to advocate for social and political transformation. Through readings and guest lectures participants will be introduced to a wide range of art practices focused on social engagement from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will study artists Ellen Gates Starr, Upton Sinclair, John T. McCutcheon, members of the Dill Pickle Club, Theaster Gates, Gwendolyn Brooks and others. The instructor will send preparatory readings in advance of the first session.

Daniel Tucker has been a leader in the field of socially engaged art for over a decade working as a curator, author and artist.

Materials List

  • Readings will be provided in either free, digital/PDF form or can be purchased as a bound course packet, depending on the preference of the participant
  • In addition to materials that may be put on reserve in special collections, most of the materials from the Newberry Library used in this course will be presented in class by projecting the website Digital Collections for the Classroom.
  • The links associated with each week of class from the DCC website or other online resources will be provided in the finalized syllabus.
  • Printed materials will be brought into the Newberry Library by the instructor from the Never The Same archives.

Readings for the First Session:

  • Instructor will email preparatory readings in advance of first session.

Note: An email address is required to register for this seminar.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $200.
This class is full and online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.