100 Years: 1917 and 2017
Silent Sentinels No More! The 1917 Night of Terror and Women Unite Against Trump
Closing Reception: Thursday August 31, 2017 — 7-9:30pm Film Screening: Iron Jawed Angels
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
Katja von Garnier's «Iron Jawed Angels» tells the remarkable and little-known story of a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women's right to vote.
Swank and O'Connor head an outstanding female ensemble, with Julia Ormond, Molly Parker, Laura Fraser, Brooke Smith and Vera Farmiga as a rebel band of young women seeking their seat at the table; and such cinematic icons as Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, and Anjelica Huston as the steely older generation of suffragettes.
This true story has startling parallels to today, as the young activists struggle with issues such as the challenges of protesting a popular President during wartime and the perennial balancing act between love and career. Utilizing a pulsing soundtrack, vivid colors, and a freewheeling camera, Katja von Garnier's («bandits») driving filmmaking style shakes up the preconceptions of the period film and gives history a vibrant contemporary energy and relevance.
Film will start at 7 and is 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Group Show — Women's Marches. Protest Posters and Photos from Holiday Gerry, Ellen Larrimore, Linda Loew, Darlene Seilheimer, Christopher Urias, Lesly Wicks, Shelby Willford, and Heidi Zeiger. Mary Ann and Lucy McDonald’s original and a recreated Suffragette banner. Water Color and ink drawings of Trump’s Cabinet of Horrors by Emily Waters.
Open by Appointment outside of receptions. For an appointment, please call 312 852 7717
September: 8 Opening: Alison Jackson's Private- «Donald Trump» Photos. 1917 -2017: What is Today's «War for Democracy?” A second look at the Espionage Act.
The Night of Terror:The Silent Sentinals- On January 10, 1917, the group began their constant protest in front of the White House. Over the rest of the year, the women were arrested, with steadily worsening punishments, until in October, when Alice Paul was sentenced to seven months in prison. Other suffragists followed suit, and they were housed at Occoquan Workhouse.
There, Alice Paul was placed in solitary confinement with a diet of water and bread, which made her so weak that she had to be hospitalized, in which case she started a hunger strike. Other suffragist prisoners followed, and in response, the prison started force-feeding them.
On November 14, 1917, workhouse superintendent W. H. Whittaker ordered guards to brutalize the women. They were beaten, dragged, choked, kicked, and thrown. The night became known as the “Night of Terror.”
The treatment of the women hit the newspapers and got more of the public on their side. By November 28, 1917, all the protesters were released, and their victory only pushed them forward, the protests continuing in earnest.
Then, almost a year since the start of their protests in front of the White House, President Woodrow Wilson announced his support for the women’s suffrage movement on January 9, 1918. The Silent Sentinels then turned their attention to Congress, and by the end of 1918, most members of Congress supported the movement. By June 4, 1919, both houses of Congress had passed the amendment allowing women to vote.
Finally, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, thereby giving women in the United States the right to vote.
The Silent Sentinels were fierce, and their unwillingness to use a conservative approach and look at politicians as allies helped them hold the feet of President Wilson and Congress to the fire. They, along with other suffragists from around the United States, paved the way for women’s rights today.
How does their struggle connect to women today and to the American public’s struggle to resist Trump?
October: Cuba Si! Bloqueo No! Looking at the Revolution
November: Russian Revolution 100th Anniversary
December: Human Rights Day Show-The Chicago House Un-American Activities Hearings
January: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence