Thursday, February 17, 2011

Murphy Hill Gallery

Presently, Murphy Hill Gallery is being faced with relocation from Homan Square. As a beacon of light, the gallery has provided a unique cultural experience for our youth, family members and community leaders. Your support is critical to the preservation of art and culture in Lawndale and the greater community of Chicago area.

Murphy Hill Gallery was proudly named among the top ten galleries to watch in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune. The gallery is also the recipient of the African American Alliance 2010 Curator Award for black excellence. Leading business consultant Ralph Murphy and curator Bill Hill showcase contemporary art that reflect nature, architecture, gender and cultural diversity.

Approximately 10,000 square feet, Murphy Hill Gallery displays an array of art in the media of painting, photography, sculpture, film, video and performance art. We are conveniently located on the 3rd floor of Historic Sears and Roebuck's building 3333 W. Arthington St. (Homan Square) Chicago, Illinois. Hour of operation are Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Murphy Hill Gallery has recently exhibited its 1st international show on surrealism and fantasy art, which featured 30 artists from around the globe. Currently we have an amazing show on urban art titled "Polymetric". Four major artists Rahmaan Statik, Max Sansing, Terrance Byas and Angel Pagan display the eclectic styles, personalities and "non linear dynamic" that defines the RK design collective.

Opening date is February 19 - April 2, 2011.

Scheduled for spring 2011 Murphy Hill Gallery will present "East Meets West." The exhibition includes the work of Chinese and Western artists. The work will range from traditional Chinese watercolor brush paintings to western style impressionism
as well as realism.

The East Meets West show opens on April 9th and ends on May 20th.
Opening reception is Saturday, April 9, 2011 6 PM - 11 PM.

Information regarding, corporate sponsorship to assist the gallery, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or need more info please contact Bill Hill at 312.351.0573 or Ralph Murphy at 773.457.4185

Contact Information:


Murphy Hill Gallery

3333 West Arthington Avenue

Third Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60624


E mail - Murphy Hill

Living with dead weight of body bags.

The Wagon 4/08/2010
By Martin Preib
Sanya, Newcity Artist

It has taken me months to respond to this article, not because I was just too busy, but because I didn’t know how to put this into words. I do wonder how CPD officers feel when they are retrieving the dead from alleyways, under bridges, behind dumpsters, we are watching and we have seen you remove bodies, seen you kick bodies to see if they have any movement.

I watched once, from my window as an emergency response team, removed a man from the alley below my third floor window in East Garfield Park (Switching Station Artist Lofts Homan/Madison/Adams). I was on the phone talking to an administrator at Alain Locke Charter Academy; she was dismissing students so the time was about 5pm. I stood up and watched an officer with rubber gloved hands nudge then kick at a lifeless body to see if the man that was laying there in a fetal position was alive. The man had bleed out, the blood stain was on the asphalt around him, and he was motionless.

They went to the ambulance to pull out the gurney, I ran to my back window to see a fire truck in the alley way as well. But, what I also saw was a little boy about three or four frozen in fear watching from the gated apartment fence, he froze in a “I want to see”, but yet “I’m so scared” position as the ERT lifted the man up, tossed him on the gurney, covered him with a white sheet, rolled him to the ambulance, tossed him inside, closed the door. They stood around talking to one another; the little boy was called by someone, he ran. When the ERT left the alley way, a man came and stood by the dumpsters, held up a beer bottle and poured some on the ground, before he took his drink, pouring a libation to the dead spirit.

That scene that I witness, I felt at the moment that the ERT treated him worse than a dead dog, the way they threw him into the back of the ambulance. I felt at the time that because he was another black man DOA, that is why he was tossed into that ambulance that way. I couldn’t do much the rest of the afternoon because this was the first time I’ve witness something like this, it was reality, not paid for TV. I watched his life force exit this body, I saw this man shaking before he went still, and I was troubled. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back, I could not, and would not live another year in this neighborhood, I didn’t want to be privileged to urban-ism, if there is such a thing. I couldn’t hold back to tears, I cried for this man, I cried for the little boy that was an eye witness to this, knowing that this scene would play over and over in his mind, like it will do mines.

I called other neighbors in the building to let them know what I had just witnessed, we all sit around shaking our heads to be so close to knowing a human life is worth nothing to those that take it. This man was tossed in the alley way, it was a mistaken identity, but before they had the right man, the gangster had killed him tossed him out of the car and left him to die, right there. When I'd look out the window that faces this alley way, you can still see the blood where he bleed out.

That was late September of 2009, yes I did move out of that building in December of 2009. Now in April of 2010 Newcity published this article. But, my response goes past this episode, because I found myself connected to it bringing it full circle in May of 2010. I was contracting for Beidler Elementary School, creating a theatre set for the school play, one of the 8th grade students that came to my class, was a tall 6’4” young-man, quite, serious new to the art department. I gave him a task to do, and watched him work, figuring out stuff. I didn’t have to orchestrate every step of the task I gave him. After a few weeks I listened to him talking to his cousin, it seems this was the son of the man I had seen die in that alley in 2009. The principal of the school, not even the vice-principal of the school knew his story. They knew that he and his family were going through the loss of their father, but didn't know how he was taken.

His teacher came into the room one afternoon, and saw him working, engaged in the art making process, she hadn’t seen this student talk, interact all year, but he had found himself in that art workshop. She knew he had talent, he had won first place in the Young Authors in his eight grade division, but he didn't talk to any of his fellow classmates. She told me that I had been placed to stand in front of him and make a difference in his life. I gave him responsibility, made him feel proud and showed him off to the school, let him shine during the school play, by putting him in charge of stage craft, and teaching him about installation, and how to create the environment through the visual arts. He stood in front of the entire school with a role, had responsibility, and saw how proud his teacher, principal, and peers were of him.

You see people are watching, we are aware that there are dead bodies in the back of your wagons, and it is without the eye contact that we are affected. It took me a while to write this, it is not a composition, but a story that plays over and over in my “minds-eye”, and I do wonder how you go home at night after seeing death, over and over again, for sure it is not a play.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Struggle Continues

The Struggle Continues

Art instructor's painting removed from a faculty art exhibit amid controversy about the piece, which features a Confederate flag. The flag is superimposed on images that include a hanged black man and a hooded Ku Klux Klansman, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. (AP)

Civil rights
Evanston’s first African-American female alderman passes away at 89 When she became an Evanston alderman, Spencer made fair housing her priority. Prior to the city’s fair housing ordinance, African-Americans were systematically denied housing in certain areas of Evanston, Fitzsimmons said. (CT)

BLACK Art in America

Black Art in America is considering having guest curators to curate the BAIA home page. The guest curator will be responsible for the feature, focus, perspective, spotlight, people and places, the featured blog and forum. We are hoping this will give an opportunity for curators, artist, collectors, galleriest, art educators and museum professionals to expose deserving artist and those making their mark in the
industry to the BAIA audience.
If you have interest, email an outline of what you propose to Najee Dorsey at . With the subject CURATE BAIA PAGE

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sonic Aesonic

With the ever increasing ability to be anywhere and everywhere else, now remains an elusive destination.

Reconciling the past with the future, JayVe Montgomery’s work is time traveling to the pre(-)sent, the gift of now.

His work reveals his adherence to improvisation and chance as a way to explore evolutionary learning and unintended subjective meaning through random being.

Of Jamaican and Louisiana Creole descent, Montgomery was born at Ft. Hood, Texas on the last day of 1979 and raised a dependent of the department of defense in Berlin, Germany, before and after the wall; Rayne, Louisiana, before the frogs left; Columbia, SC, home of the confederate flag; and Ft. Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division. Montgomery received a double BA in Japanese Studies and Anthropology from Centre College of KY and has also studied sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is Senior Program Specialist for the Chicago Park District’s Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a hip hop revitalization program. He is also a curator and artist-in-residence at Brown Rice, an art space for listening in Chicago, IL.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Urban Art Retreats Launch Neighborhood Beautification Project

Posted by Alpha Bruton for UAR

Can you help get the word out?

Can you help URBAN ART RETREAT on a mural project Saturdays 3-5 beginning March 12, 2011. We are painting murals on large boards to be used to board up vacant buildings in the hood.

Let us beautify where we can. Please let me know.

Chicago Gallery News has informed us that they want to write a feature story about URBAN ART RETREAT and it's work in the community.

Won't you please support us by attending the Differently Minded Art Studio program March 12, no art experience is needed. We will provide a fun and easy project for you to participate in. Please be a part of this important day for UAR.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The 24th Ward Aldermanic Forum of ALL FORUMS

“I HAVE A little DREAM too”…That the 24th Ward was a vibrant, safe community in ALL people were free to live, build and dream !!


The 24th Ward Aldermanic Forum of ALL FORUMS

Saturday February 12, 2011
Collins Academy High School (Auditorium),
1313 S. Sacramento Drive, Chicago, IL 60623
(Meet and Greet immediately after)’s Kathy Chaney and WVON’s Kendall Moore moderate and get down to the bottom of Chicago’s most contested ballot

Candidates will be asked the tough questions as voters decide who to support

**Giveaways include: Flat Screen TV, Laptop, Customized SuitsTuxedos and Dresses by Barbara Bates Designs, VIP Movie Passes, Gift Certificates, and much, much more*

Complimentary Refreshments Available- All you need to do is SHOW UP!!

Community High Schools students participating in the “Beyond the Classroom Experience Initiative” will receive academic incentives and a chance to have their Prom Dress or Suit/Tuxedo Custom designed by World Famous Barbara Bates of Barbara Bates Designs

"It's a most Beautiful Thing When Democracy Sings"