New Left Histories (2008-Now)

Paper Trail, 2009 (installation view).
Paper Trail, 2009 (installation view).

A number of my projects have centered around lesser known histories of the New Left. Starting with the event series and publication AREA Chicago: 68/08 The Inheritance of Politics and the Politics of Inheritance, I began steeping myself in this period. Developed in residency at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, this project attempted to critical grapple with the legacy of the 1960s and its influence on the present. This also led to the accumulation of an extensive book and zine collection on this time period, featured in the 2009 exhibition Paper Trail curated by Nancy Zastudil and Julia Hamilton at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400.

Additionally, I have written several book reviews on this history including: Revolution as an Eternal Dream by Mary Patten; Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power by James Tracy and Amy Sonnie; Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour by Peniel E. Joseph; and Signs of Change by Josh MacPhee and Dara Greenwald.

I am currently developing a new exhibition and publication project based on the history of the Young Patriots Organization in Chicago.

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