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Post 11/9 The New Now

  • Connect Gallery 1520 South Harper Court Chicago, IL, 60615 United States (map)

11/9 was the morning after the 2016 US Presidential Election and like 9/11, it was a flashpoint.

We tried “wait and see”. [NOW] is a time of alternative fact, alternative right, alternative left, alternative narrative, alternative government, and alternative realities. [NOW] is a time of hacked elections, expanded corruption, expanded wars, Rogue NASA, Rogue EPA, banned peoples, and stripped rights. We have been ignoring the real threats and fighting with each other. 

This is our world less than one year after 11/9 dawned. 

In light of what we know now, what do we do [NOW]? 

Are we at rest?

Or are we like a “Slingshot” pulling back to ready itself?

The [Now] Collective presents the first showing of its interactive and international exhibition at the Connect Gallery hosted by Thēarē Group. Post 11/9 The New Now [Now] will run from November 9th 2017 December 10th, 2017 with an opening reception Thursday November 9th from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m, with community events and reading throughout the month.

In times of struggle, art functions as material imaginings of transformed realities writ large on the public world. Art provides the visual and verbal language to understand our role in conflicts, both micro and macro, and invites generative resolutions to present dangers.
The work in this yearlong collaborative exhibition is a statement of fierce hope that transcends the contrived scarcity of the current world image and moves beyond ugliness and violence towards beautiful abstractions that are reductive, political, complex, and personal.
The exhibition will include collaborative events that dynamically engage visitors as well as create unique dialogue between participating artists, writers, scientists, politicians, and organizations in order to actively nurture viable change in the social and political landscape of today’s world.
Post 11/9 The New Now [Now] offers a chance to move beyond apathy and anger into a place of articulated dreams, elegant metamorphoses, and unconventional power. This show is the result of galvanized voices who refuse to be at rest, and instead offer their art as momentum for a newly emerging present.


Co-Founder: Asya Abdrahman

Co-Founder: Nellie King Solomon

Program Coordinator: Autumn Elizabeth

Curatorial Assistance: Jeanette Alanis


Matt Gonzalez
Libby Black
Tiffany Shlain
Wesaam Al-Badry
Heather Wilcoxon
Rebecca Solnit
Michele Pred
Paul Miller (DJ Spooky)
Sadie Woods
Yvette Weijergang
Tatiana Rivas
Barry McGee
September Williams M.D.
Doc North
DDP Decentralized Dance Party
Urban UpStarts
Barbara Stauffacher
Solomon Liz Walsh
Michelle Hartney
N.I.C.E. Collective
Black Betty’s Back
Glen Ellis M.P.H.
Nancy Emilce Carvajal Medina

Later Event: December 6
Parade Against Patriarchy