Weinberg/Newton Gallery, a non-commercial gallery dedicated to promoting the work of social justice causes, is currently partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to present the virtual exhibition Anthem, as well as the virtual events series Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It.
Coinciding with the 2020 election cycle and the November presidential election, Anthem and Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It focuses on the issue of voting as a fundamental right, while examining familiar emblems of American patriotism, experiences of collective identity and acts of resistance.
On November 18, from 4-5 p.m. CST, Weinberg/Newton Gallery and the ACLU will host the final event in the Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It series, titled The Fight is Far from Over. This virtual town hall led by ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen Connell and featuring U.S. Senator of Illinois Dick Durbin and members of the ACLU Illinois team including Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs Khadine Bennett, Roger Pascal Legal Director Nusrat Choudhury and Director of Communication and Public Policy Edwin Yohnka.
The conversation will focus on the aftermath of the 2020 election and the continued fight for civil liberties and rights nationwide. The panelists will explore specifically how this year’s election will have impact on the ways in which civil liberties are protected and advanced in Illinois, from President to local prosecutors, judges and other officials. This virtual event is free with registration at https://action.aclu.org/webform/fight-far-over.
Anthem is available to view at http://anthem.weinbergnewtongallery.com/ through Dec. 19 and features the works of contemporary artists Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg and Sanaz Sohrabi.