ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

ArtRage Events

Ray McGovern at ArtRage

September 11, 20162:00 pmto4:00 pm


Ray McGovern, Retired CIA Officer
“Allegations keep cropping up in the press that CIA alumni
are undermining the Bush/Cheney administration.
In at least one sense, I suppose, this is true.
For when an administration embarks on a war justified by little
or no intelligence, speaking the truth can be regarded as treachery.
The country could use more of that kind of  ‘treachery.’ “

As our first presenter from the Americans Who Tell the Truth speaker series at ArtRage, we are proud to host a talk with Raymond McGovern. Mr. McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist who writes and lectures about, among other issues, war and the role of CIA. He holds an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham University, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.


Bill Ayers at ArtRage

September 12, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm


Demand the Impossible! Utopian Dreams in This Political Moment
“There is, after all, no basis for education in a democracy
outside of a faith in the enduring capacity for growth in ordinary people
and a faith that ordinary people … can, if they choose, change the world.”
– Bill Ayers

Up next in our speaker series for the ArtRage exhibition of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth portraits, we will host a talk  by Bill Ayers; Educational Theorist, Professor, Writer, Anti-War and Civil Rights Activist.


Artist Talk with Robert Shetterly

September 14, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

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“My work offers a link between the community of people who struggled for justice
in our past and the community of people who are doing it now.
To participate in that struggle can be very hard, but it is also a place to find
deep friendship, shared courage, respect and dignity. And, only by participating
in that struggle will we find hope, or deserve to.”  -Robert Shetterly

For more than ten years, Robert Shetterly has been painting the series of portraits he calls Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media doesn’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.

This will be your only chance during this exhibition to spend an evening at ArtRage with the painter and activist, Robert Shetterly. Don’t miss it.

Free to the Public

Read more about Robert Shetterly at Americans Who Tell The Truth.

Red, White and Blueprints: A Rust Belt Documentary

September 16, 20166:30 pmto8:30 pm

Presented as part of The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series
In partnership with the Erie Canal Museum


This film will be screened at the
THE ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 318 Erie Blvd E., Syracuse
free parking is available in the lot on Erie Boulevard East under routes 81 and 690

Directed by Jack Storey (2013)

People in the Rust Belt are thick-skinned. After years of being mocked as a dried-up region with nothing left to offer America, its cities are now rising from the ashes of the past, looking ahead to their role in the future of the country. RED, WHITE AND BLUEPRINTS examines how cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Detroit have reinvented themselves and how they’ve partnered together to do it. Instead of competing, they’re sharing ideas, working for a cause bigger than their own city limits. This new energy comes from an abundance of vibrant young adults whose hometown pride has motivated them to make a difference. RED, WHITE AND BLUEPRINTS is proof of the Rust Belt’s incredible resiliency. With all the innovation and ingenuity this documentary spotlights, the region’s best days may still be ahead.


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Nicole and Jonas Maines at ArtRage

September 23, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

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Nicole: “I realized my gender at the same time my brother did. Yet everyone assumed that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I couldn’t possibly be old enough to make the distinction between whether I was a boy or a girl. Yet my twin brother was.”

Jonas: “Hate isn’t instinctual, it’s learned. We Teach our children to share the same ignorance and prejudices as us, and that is how they live on. Teaching a younger generation to love and understand will allow bigotry and hate to pass out of our lives.”

Nicole and Jonas have become powerful role models for transgender teens and ArtRage is bringing  them to Syracuse to share their story with our community. They will share their empowering story of finding the courage to be their true selves.

Nicole and Jonas became nationally known in 2015 when the book, Becoming Nicole, about Nicole’s transition as a transgender teen was published. Soon after, artist, Robert Shetterly, chose to paint their portrait as part of his Americans Who Tell the Truth series. The exhibit at ArtRage Gallery will be the first time the portrait is exhibited.


At Robert Shetterly’s recent unveiling of his portrait of Nicole and Jonas Maines he remarked that “Nicole and Jonas’ courage, commitment, and outspokenness made them perfect models for the kind of people—especially young people—that I want to paint and present as models of courageous citizenship.” “The opposite of courage is not cowardice—it is conformity,” said Robert, quoting Texas writer Jim Hightower in closing.

Special thanks for all of the Indiegogo funders
who made their visit to Syracuse possible!

Ed Becker, Sean Branagan, Navroz & Binaifer Dabu, Rebecca Garden,
Bob Gates, Julie Gozan, Judith Griffen, Sam Gruber, John Haritatos, Mary Kuhn,
Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Peggy Ogden, Martha Ryan, George Savage and Jeff Unaitis.

View the Campaign Here.



September 24, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm


Featuring Warren Beatty, Hallie Berry & Don Cheadle

In this wild political satire, corrupt California. senator Jay Bulworth hires an assassin to do him in, only to find himself free from spouting mindless political slogans. The results are anarchic!  Warren Beatty produced, directed and plays Bulworth.   “Made me laugh and wince”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun

$5 Suggested Donation

Frida Berrigan at ArtRage

October 2, 20164:00 pmto6:00 pm


Photograph © Sean D. Elliot
“Can you be fully committed to changing the world
and change diapers at the same time?
Can you be a nonviolent revolutionary
and a present, loving role model for your children?”

As part of our speaker series during our Americans Who Tell The Truth exhibition, Frida Berrigan, daughter of Phillip Berrigan, speaks at ArtRage about her dad and new book It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood. The book illustrates how parents can create lasting and meaningful bulwarks between their kids and the violence endemic in our culture by considering how to raise thoughtful, compassionate, fearless young people committed to social and political change without scaring, hectoring or scarring them with all the wrongs in the world.

Her parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, were a former priest and nun who became nationwide icons for their prophetic witness against war and nuclear weapons, which sometimes resulted in long jail sentences. Frida grew up in the community they helped found, Jonah House in Baltimore, and becoming a parent herself has forced her to come to terms with her own upbringing in new ways. She offers a unique perspective on parenting that derives from hard work, deep reflection, and lots of trial and error.


Philip Berrigan portrait by Robert Shetterly

Philip Francis Berrigan (October 5, 1923 – December 6, 2002) was an American peace activist and former Roman Catholic priest. An internationally renowned American peace activist, Christian anarchist and former Roman Catholic priest, Berrigan devoted his life to breaking down “prison walls” in order to expose and oppose American militarism, the use of nuclear weapons, social inequalities, avarice, and police brutality.

Berrigan was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota, a Midwestern working-class mining town. He had five brothers, including the Jesuit fellow-activist and poet, Daniel Berrigan and Syracuse Activist Jerry Berrigan. Philip Berrigan graduated from high school in Syracuse, New York, and was eventually drafted into combat duty in World War II. He was ordained a priest in 1955 began to teach in 1960. Berrigan became active in the Civil Rights movement, marching for desegregation and participating in sit-ins and bus boycotts. The church removed him from the priesthood in 1973 when Berrigan married Elizabeth McAlister, a nun.

After countless activist efforts and multiple years in prison, Philip Berigan died in 2002 at the age of 79. Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus at Boston University, now deceased, paid this tribute to Berrigan: “Mr. Berrigan was one of the great Americans of our time. He believed war didn’t solve anything. He went to prison again and again and again for his beliefs. I admired him for the sacrifices he made. He was an inspiration to a large number of people.”

Free to the Public

Read more about Phillip Berrigan at Americans Who Tell The Truth

Disruption: Climate. Change.

October 5, 20166:30 pmto8:30 pm

Presented as part of The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series
In partnership with the Sierra Club


The Most Dangerous Threat We’ve Ever Faced
Meets a Movement Whose Time Has Come

Directed by Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott (2014)
When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much? Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, DISRUPTION takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the
shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads. The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.


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Mara Sapon-Shevin at ArtRage

October 6, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm


Mara Sapon-Shevin – Professor of Inclusive Education,
Peace Activist, Writer, Singer, Dancer, Quilter: b. 1951
“The lessons we teach our students – whether overtly and intentionally
or mindlessly
and inadvertently — are what will shape the world…
Our goal cannot be to mirror the injustice and inequities
of the broader society (and the world) but rather to
provide students with the skills, attitudes, and confidence
they need in order to actively transform the world.”

As part of the continuing speaker series for the ArtRage exhibition of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth portraits, we will host a talk by Mara Sapon-Shevin. Mara is a professor of education at Syracuse University. She teaches, writes, and lectures all over the world on the value of inclusive education, not just as a way to help students learn, but as a tool for building strong communities and promoting social justice.

What makes Sapon-Shevin’s work particularly valuable is that it travels beyond the K-12 classroom and into the world. Inclusive education is not just about making education a better experience for students; it is about making those students peaceful, kind citizens of the world. “I have a deep commitment to a vision of the world as a cooperative, peaceful and just place. I reject violence and war as solutions and I believe that we cannot have peace until we also have justice. My work with adults — teaching them to stand up to oppression — is just like my work with young people around issues of bullying. It’s all part of the same commitment — to a world in which people can live together in loving community, working together to make the world better.”

Free to the Public

Read more about Mara Sapon-Shevin at Americans Who Tell the Truth.


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

October 8, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm


Directed by Frank Capra.
Featuring James Stewart, Jean Arthur & Claude Rains.

Change begins when naive young Jefferson Smith is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. Stunned by shabby schemes unearthed at every turn. Mr. Smith mounts  a revolution against his state’s corrupt political machine.  A classic , still distressingly  relevant, film.
“remains one of the  quintessential films on American politics to this very day.”  —
“considered by many to be one of the greatest achievements in film.”  —Filmsite reviews

$5 Suggested Donation


Night of the Hunter (1955)

October 29, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

Night of the hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton.
Featuring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters & Lillian Gish

Halloween is around the corner, so brace yourself for “one of the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films (Time Out). The only film ever directed by legendary actor Charles Laughton, this haunting good-and-evil tale pits a pious old lady and two kids against a child-hating psychopathic phony preacher on the hunt for stolen loot. Beautifully shot in black-and-white German Expressionist style and sparked by memorable performances.

$5 Suggested Donation

Celebrating Bayard Rustin at ArtRage

November 1, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

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Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) American leader in social movements for
civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.
“First, what is the dynamic idea of our time? It is the quest for human dignity
expressed in many ways—self-determination, freedom from bigotry,
and equality of opportunity. If we want human dignity above all else,
we cannot get it while we are on our knees,
we cannot get it if we are running away,
we cannot get it if we are indifferent and unconcerned.”

During the ArtRage exhibition of FINDING YOUR POWER, we are celebrating some of those Americans Who Tell the Truth with events highlighting their accomplishments. We will screen the 90 minute documentary, BROTHER OUTSIDER and Professor Paula C. Johnson will introduce the film and facilitate a discussion afterwards.


A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.

Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Five years in the making and the winner of numerous awards, BROTHER OUTSIDER presents a feature-length documentary portrait, focusing on Rustin’s activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights. Read more

Paula Johnson

Paul C. Johnson is professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. Professor Johnson and Professor Janis McDonald co-direct the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University College of Law, which investigates racially-motivated murders committed during the civil rights era.  She also was co-director of the Sierra Leone UN War Crimes Tribunal Project, within the Center for Global Law & Practice, with Professors Donna Arzt and Lucille Rignanese. She was the founding director of the Law in Zimbabwe Summer Internship Program. In 2003, she received the Unsung Heroine Award from the Syracuse University Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Committee, and the Woman of the Year Award from the Syracuse University African American Male Congress. Read her full bio


Free to the Public

Can You Dig This

November 3, 20166:30 pmto8:30 pm

Presented as part of The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series
In partnership with Syracuse Grows

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“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”

— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Directed by Delila Vallot (2015)

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

“CAN YOU DIG THIS” follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”


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Oren Lyons at ArtRage

November 12, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm


Native-American Faithkeeper, Human Rights Advocate, Environmental Activist
“The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die.
The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer.
The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer…
If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer.
There’s no discussion with this law.” -Oren Lyons

As a closing event for the ArtRage exhibition of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth portraits, we will proudly host a presentation by Oren Lyons.

Oren Lyons is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. As an activist for indigenous and environmental justice, Oren works with communities across the globe. As a Faithkeeper, he upholds the history and traditions of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca. Oren often addresses modern-day conflicts by sharing traditional views on the law of nature. When he says “You can’t negotiate with a beetle”*, he implies that nature will respond to climate change whether or not humans do.

Oren’s dedication to the cause of Native and environmental rights has garnered him many accolades, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater, Syracuse University. Awards include the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights Elder and Wiser Award, the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, the National Audubon Society, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lyons serves on the board of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and is board chairman of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations. He is also remembered for his time as a lacrosse player and is Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals. In 1989 he was named Man of the Year in Lacrosse by the NCAA. His legendary performance as goalkeeper for Syracuse University, with Jim Brown on the undefeated 1957 national champion team, led to the induction of Oren R. Lyons, Jr. into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was most recently invited to speak at the funeral of Muhammad Ali.

Free to the Public

Read more at Americans Who Tell The Truth ~ Oren Lyons