Sullivan Galleries Exhibition Named “Best Critical Art Project of the Year”
The November 8 edition of Newcity named Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project (CTMJ), currently exhibited at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries in Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture, the “Best Critical Art Project in Chicago This Year.” The exhibition presents a selection from more than 70 submitted proposals for how to memorialize reported cases of torture by Chicago Police. Over the past year, CTMJ has held a series of workshops, discussions, lectures, and exhibitions to share knowledge of these cases. “Bringing together a unique team of prison activists—like Tamms Year Ten and veterans of the movement against police brutality with lawyers from the People’s Law Office who defended torture victims—and a collection of some of Chicago’s best artists, the CTJM is a sprawling illustration of the networked curating that has characterized so many great Chicago projects over the last decade,” Newcity states. Bad At Sports also highlighted the project in “An Exploration In Three Parts: Prisons Past and Present at the Sullivan Galleries” posted on November 13. Caroline Pickard states, “CTJM seeks to uncover and air out the darker edges of our past and present, pulling them into focus with the help of survivors, artists, activists, community organizers and lawyers.” The article, which features images of five pieces in the show, lists the exhibition’s “tremendous lineup” of programming events. Opening the Black Box runs through December 21.