"Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists" w/ Leslie Buchbinder, Lilli Carré, and Tomeka Reid @ MIA
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

"Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists" w/ Leslie Buchbinder, Lilli Carré, and Tomeka Reid @ MIA

The critically acclaimed documentary Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists, which provides a lively introduction to Chicago’s vibrant art scene of the late 1960s and 1970s, including the debates around regionalism and marginalization. The film features several artists included in Mia’s “Art from Chicago” exhibition. A discussion will follow with Tomeka Reid who composed the critically acclaimed soundtrack), Lilli Carré who created the film’s animations, and film  director Leslie Buchbinder.

This program is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

$10, $5 My Mia members, free to members of the Paintings Affinity Group. Register online or call 612.870.6323. Tickets available August 13.

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Advanced Documentary Video @ HPAC
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Advanced Documentary Video @ HPAC

When: Sundays, Oct 7th - Dec 2nd | 1:30 - 3:00pm
Where: Hyde Park Art Center

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Pentimenti is pleased to continue its ongoing partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center to offer a new class this fall: Advanced Documentary Video. This course will introduce participants to advanced techniques in documentary filmmaking, including pre-production, cinematography, and editing. In tandem with the instructors, the class will develop and produce a short documentary film exploring how Hyde Park murals reflect the neighborhood’s residents, history, and issues. This class will appeal to documentarians seeking to hone their craft or expand their skill set; artists and curators who wish to learn best practices for using video to document artworks; and local residents interested in exploring their neighborhood through the lens of documentary film. Please note, computer literacy and prior familiarity with filmmaking are required. Participants are expected to attend all eight sessions.

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"Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists" at the Tang Museum
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

"Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists" at the Tang Museum

Join us on Thursday, September 27, at 6:00 PM, for a screening of the documentary Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists (2014, US, 105 min., HD), directed by Leslie Buchbinder. The screening is held in conjunction with our exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980.

In the mid 1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era—Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style. Kissing cousins to the contemporaneous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imagism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, it celebrated a very different version of ‘popular’ from the detached cool of New York, London and Los Angeles. Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story.

This screening is free and open to the public.

The 3-D Doings exhibition and subsequent catalogue are funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, as part of Art Design Chicago.

Art Design Chicago is a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago’s role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Art Design Chicago was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations to celebrate Chicago’s artists, designers, and creative producers. Art Design Chicago will feature more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs, presented throughout 2018, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary.

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Public Art, Past & Present
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

Public Art, Past & Present

The second installment of Pentimenti Productions ongoing partnership with Media Burn Independent Video Archive, Public Art, Past & Present is a special screening of short documentaries about public art, hosted at the Logan Square multi-disciplinary space, Comfort Station. The Monumental Art of Marc Chagall (1974) follows the titular French artist as he creates the Four Seasons Mosaic. Director Chuck Olin uses the style of direct cinema along with interviews, to show Chagall's artistic process, and the evolution of his piece from model to its final unveiling in Chicago. Produced for the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, Chicago's Miró (1981) provides an overview of the surrealist's life and work, while chronicling the creation of the famous statue, Joan Miró Chicago. These two films, both courtesy of the Media Burn Archive, will be followed by three short pieces by acclaimed local artist Maria Gaspar made for her 96 Acres project, including: Not Just Another Day (2015), PARK (2016), and Stories from the Inside/Outside (2015). The juxtaposition of these two bodies of work will create a fruitful post-screening discussion between Maria Gaspar and Pentimenti sterographer and Media Burn board member Ben Kolak about the evolving role of public art in Chicago, questions about its intended audience, issues of place & access, and more.

Founded in 2012 and led by artist, Maria Gaspar, 96 Acres Project is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, 96 Acres aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility by presenting insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reaching outcome.

Media Burn Archive collects, restores and distributes documentary video and television created by artists, activists and community groups, with a mission to preserve audiovisual records of history and culture and to engage audiences with their creative reuse. Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV, which has been producing challenging documentary video and television since 1990.

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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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