Chicago Crossings - Screening and Discussion
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Chicago Crossings - Screening and Discussion

An unprecedented "premiere" of the unfinished documentary CHICAGO CROSSINGS: BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES (1994, Kartemquin Films)! *FREE* and open to the public!


Presented by Pentimenti Productions, Media Burn Independent Video Archive and Kartemquin Films, in collaboration with the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
CHICAGO CROSSINGS: BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES (1994, Kartemquin Films) was originally created to accompany an art exhibition addressing the relationships of African Americans and American Jews at The Spertus Institute. The film follows twelve artists, six Black and six Jewish, as they prepare their work for the show.


The artists included Othello Anderson (co-curator), Claire Wolf Krantz (co-curator), Edith Altman, Joel Feldman, Marva Jolly, Kerry James Marshall, Gerda Meyer Bernstein, Esther Parada, John Rozelle, Hamza Walker (under the pseudonym Sonny Venice), Fan Warren, and John Pitman Weber.


The program will include a screening of the original rough cut of the film, as well as never-before-seen camera original footage of the featured artists. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Gordon Quinn, producer of the film, and acclaimed artists Othello Anderson and Gerda Meyer Bernstein, who participated in the film.

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Documentary Video Boot Camp
Apr
8
to Jun 3

Documentary Video Boot Camp

Pentimenti & HPAC present: Doc Video Boot Camp

Where: Hyde Park Art Center
Dates: Sundays, April 8th - June 3rd, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm

REGISTER HERE

Pentimenti is pleased to continue its ongoing partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center to host another session of Documentary Video Boot Camp, an eight session workshop covering the essentials of documentary filmmaking. This hands-on class will explore different phases of the production process, including pre-production, cinematography, and editing, as well as a final session on documentary ethics. Through illustrative examples from various films and a unique project based learning approach, participants will learn how to conceive of a compelling subject, shoot an interview, edit footage, and much more.

This class will appeal to: documentarians interested in workshopping a project; 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. All experience levels are welcome!

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BRIC-A-BRAC: Object Lessons from the Chicago Imagists
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

BRIC-A-BRAC: Object Lessons from the Chicago Imagists

The compulsion to collect was a passion shared by many of the Chicago Imagists, who regularly drew inspiration from found objects, ranging from comic books to folk art figurines. These artists, who were famous for criss-crossing the wires of high art and popular culture, offer an opportune gateway for thinking about the practice of collecting vis-à-vis art making.

In Suzanne Simpson’s long-lost gem Karl Wirsum, recently digitally restored by Pentimenti Productions, the titular artist muses on the influence of mass-produced toys and the work of self-taught artists while fashioning marionettes that blur the line between fine art objects and ludic playthings. The Individuality of the Inanimate Object, directed by Seton Coggeshall, examines the prolific collection of artist, teacher, and Maxwell St. Market enthusiast Ray Yoshida, which included dolls, African masks, garments handmade by Japanese farmers, and more.

Tom Palazzolo’s At Maxwell Street offers a window onto Chicago’s historic bustling flea market, home to a treasure trove of miscellaneous trinkets and ephemera that served as a creative catalyst for many of the Imagists. Tom Palazzolo will be joined in conversation by Lisa Stone, Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Brown, a student of Yoshida’s, amassed a diverse collection featuring artwork by fellow Imagists, vinyl LPs, and religious icons, that has been faithfully kept intact for visitors to explore in the form of a home museum and gallery. Panel moderated by Pentimenti Executive Director, Harrison Sherrod.

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FREAK SHOW!
Oct
22
3:00 PM15:00

FREAK SHOW!

This October, Pentimenti Productions is pleased to collaborate with the Ed Paschke Art Center on FREAK SHOW!, a program celebrating the influence of the carnival and freak show aesthetic on the work of the artists affiliated with the Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists, with a spotlight on Ed Paschke, whose paintings often feature lurid, carnivalesque figures adorned in costumes and masks. A similar emphasis on the outré and grotesque is also notable in the work of fellow artists Jim Nutt and Robert Lostutter, among others.

The event will feature a screening of Tod Browning’s iconoclastic 1932 Pre-code masterpiece, Freaks, which by all accounts left a major impression on Paschke. The film, which casted real sideshow performers, elicited outrage and controversy upon its release, though it later received a cult following and was chosen for preservation in the US National Film Registry.

Freaks will be proceeded by Tom Palazzolo’s short film, The Tattooed Lady of Riverview, a hallucinatory portrait of Jean Furella, an inked folk hero of Chicago’s fabled Riverview Amusement Park. Palazzolo, who was a friend and contemporary of the Imagists, will be joined in a post-screening conversation by Jason Nargis, a Paschke scholar. Please note: some imagery might not be appropriate for children. Free admission.

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