Sunday, February 9, 2020

Franklin McMahon Chicago Eight Trial Paintings Exhibition

6:30 pm, Chicago Eight exhibition viewing

7:00 pm, Reading by Margot McMahon: “1968 Happened: A convergence at the family dinner table”

8:00 pm, Dinner nearby at Francesca's on Chestnut, 200 E Chestnut St., Chicago IL
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most controversial cases, the Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial.

In late August 1968, the city hosted the Democratic National Convention at the International Amphitheatre, which was located on the south side. This was a tumultuous time in America; Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert “Bobby” Kennedy had been assassinated that same year, and the country was in the middle of a very controversial war in Vietnam.

Activists saw the Democratic National Convention as an opportunity to protest the War and their leaders. They filed for permits to protest in the city’s parks, but most were denied; instead, they were granted one rally at Grant Park and an 11 o’clock nightly curfew. Because of these restrictions, riots erupted in the parks and the streets, leading to violence between the police and protestors.

Sixteen men were held responsible for this disaster: eight police officers and eight protestors. None of the police officers received any punishment—either their charges were dropped or they were cleared in court. The protestors, on the other hand, had became co-defendants in a long, messy trial.

This exhibit presents the chaos of the Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial through the lens of three courtroom sketch artists: Andy Austin, Franklin McMahon, and Verna Sadock. Each has a unique artistic style that brings to life the characters and events that ensued

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Date & Location

Date: 2/27/2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Northwestern University Law School
Pritzker Legal Research Center Gallery
Northwestern University Law School
Exhibit Gallery, 3rd Floor

375 E. Chicago Avenue

2019 WFM Exhibitions

RESIST! Wm. Franklin McMahon
Scheduled 2019 Exhibitions

History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff January 2019

Euclid Church, Oak Park for Black History

Princeton University Special Collections, March 2019

Oak Park History Museum, through June 2020

Northwestern Law School, September 2019 -March 2020

Margot's CLC Reading at Cliffdwellers, 1968 Happened December 

"1968 Happened" Cliffdwellers CLC Reading

Pritzker Research Library
Northwestern Law School
Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Conspiracy Exhibition Pritzker Research Library Northwestern Law School

Friday, May 11, 2018

In conjunction with Oak Park Art League's
Art for Social Change: Sanctuary National Postcard Exhibition
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Ordinance (1968)
and addressing current Sanctuary City political rhetoric, the Oak Park Art League presents postcards from artists that explore legislative policies of past and present that support diversity, inclusion, racial equity and human rights.

May 11-June 1, 2018 7-9 pm
Preview Party May 10, 2018 7-9 pm
Opening Reception May 11, 2018 7-9 pm

Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave, Oak Park 60302

Visit the Oak Park Art League's 
720 Chicago Avenue
by Franklin McMahon
May 11-June 1, 2018
Reception: Friday May 11, 7-9

Fifty artworks painted over 65 years to document freedom of speech from WWII through the Civil Rights Movement to the debates of Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

McMahon Family History_McCarty letter_1982

Greenbay Road McMahon family portrait 1957

McMahon Family Portrait, partial, c. mid-1970s.
Bottom left to right: Mark, Michael, Margot, Mac, Deborah; Top left: Hugh and Dad

                                  Mom and Dad's Surprise 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Knickerbocker Hotel.
The Man Who Drew the News, Dad's New York Times Obituary, March 2017

McMahon Extended family at Dad's Memorial Service, St. Patrick's Church, 2012
Includes Taplins, Osterholtzs, Burkes, Kubotas and McMahons.