August 2017

HWCI at Illinois State Museum's "Kings & Queens" exhibition

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Illinois Art Museum

502 S Spring St

Springfield, IL

The Illinois State Museum will be screening the award-winning documentary film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists.

When: August 3, 6:00-8PM

Where: Thorne Duel Auditorium LL, ISM

Admission: Free

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, produced by Chicago-based Pentimenti Productions, is the first film to tell these artists' wild, wooly, utterly irreverent story. Over forty interviews with the artists and a prominent group of critics, curators, collectors, and contemporary artists are featured, intertwined with a wealth of re-discovered archival footage and photographs. The film follows the Imagists as they emerged from the energetic exhibitions catalyzed by Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center from 1966-1973, starting with the Hairy Who. It makes use of archival material and contemporary interviews to bring to life the milieu of the early 1960s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and also showcases the legacy of the Imagists' work in contemporary art production today.

Themes in the narrative include the Imagists’ emergence within the national context of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art; the city of Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, as seen and used by its artists; and the uncharacteristic equality afforded to women artists among the Chicago Imagists. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition: Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago. Filmgoers will be allowed to view the exhibition after the screening of the film.

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"Filming Art 101" Workshop @ HPAC

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S Cornell Ave

Chicago, IL

Pentimenti Productions, the film company behind the critically-acclaimed 2014 documentary Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists and the upcoming 3D film-in-production, Cliff - on sculptor H.C. Westermann - is pleased to collaborate with the Hyde Park Art Center on two upcoming filmmaking workshops. The first, Filming Art 101, will be an intensive, single day crash course on how to activate artwork cinematically. Through illustrative examples from documentaries and artist films, this interactive class will explore dynamic techniques for using cinema to create narrative intrigue around paintings, sculptures, and performances; however, the curriculum is designed to be beneficial for filmmaking of all kinds.

This class will appeal to: documentarians interested in cultivating art-centric filmmaking techniques; artists, curators, and conservators who wish to learn best practices for using video for documentation and marketing purposes; and first-time filmmakers looking for a crash course on production essentials. The class is free and open to the public — all experience levels are welcome, although all attendees should be 16+. Equipment will be provided by Pentimenti Productions and HPAC, and will take place on Sunday, August 27th, from 1 to 4pm at the Hyde Park Art Center. To register, please email Harrison Sherrod at with your name.

The second of the two workshops will be a more comprehensive documentary video boot-camp, from Oct. 8th to 29th — stay tuned for more details and registration info!