Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project
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. Announced to the public last March, the project seems to memorialize the 100 African-American men who were tortured by white Chicago police officers under former Commander Jon Burge. More about instigating a conversation than materializing statues, all proposals submitted will be featured in roving city-wide exhibitions or a dedicated website and are currently on view at the Sullivan Galleries through the end of the year.
(CTJM Project) at People’s Law Office, 1180 North Milwaukee, chicagotorture.org; Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State, 7th floor, through December 21
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