Pentimenti is equally thrilled to announce the premiere of It Was Here Before, And It's Here After: The Murals of Hyde Park, a short documentary made by our Advanced Documentary Video students from the Hyde Park Art Center. The film explores the history of murals in Hyde Park and features interviews with muralists Carol Yasko and Carolyn Elaine, arts journalist Jeff Huebner, and the people of Hyde Park. This event will feature a screening of the film, followed by exclusive interview footage of Yasko, Elaine, and Huebner talking about their work. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and brief reception. Free and open to the public!
Pentimenti is pleased to partner with Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art to present the Chicago premiere of the digitally restored re-release of 4 Films by Suzanne Simpson, a collection of long-lost documentaries. Each of the four short films by Simpson, a self-taught director, profiles an artist who spent formative time in California during the 1970s, including Mark di Suvero, Roy De Forest, Hassel Smith and local legend Karl Wirsum, who was briefly a visiting instructor at the California State University, Sacramento. Virtually unseen for more than four decades, Simpson's whimsical quartet of archival films captures these artists flourishing amidst the 1970s Bay Area art scene, when Funk art was thriving.
The screening will be followed by a talk-back with Harrison Sherrod, executive director of Pentimenti Productions.
Running time: 60 minutes
When: December 6th, 6pm
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium
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, comes to the Minneapolis Institute of Art next week! The film features several artists included in MIA’s “Art from Chicago” exhibition. A discussion will follow with composer Tomeka Reid, animator Lilli Carré, and 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.
When: December 1st, 8th, and 15th @ 1:00pm
Where: Hyde Park Art Center, 2nd Floor Pond
Pentimenti is pleased to partner with Art21 to present all three episodes of Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century at the Hyde Park Art Center throughout December. All screenings are free and open to the public!
Dec. 1st: San Francisco Bay Area
Dec. 8th: Johannesburg
Dec. 15th: Berlin
Each episode charts art-making in three urban centers across three continents: Berlin, Johannesburg, and the San Francisco Bay Area. From the post-Cold War cultural and economic rebirth in Berlin, to the dramatic fall of apartheid in South Africa and the technological boom in the Bay Area, the twelve artists and one non-profit art center highlighted in this season respond to the forces that have shaped the places where they live and work, while pursuing their personal visions for a better future.
As each artist draws inspiration from their surrounding communities, they also travel to museums and public spaces internationally to share their work, reminding us of the increasingly global nature of the world we live in. The artists in this season examine the complicated histories of colonization, war and migration, offer new perspectives on our interactions with technology and the environment, critique our conceptions of gender, sexuality, and race, and ultimately inspire us to see our world in new ways.
Included in the new season are Creative Growth Art Center, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, David Goldblatt, Katy Grannan, Nicholas Hlobo, Hiwa K, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Zanele Muholi, Susan Philipsz, Robin Rhode, and Stephanie Syjuco.
Credit line: “San Francisco Bay Area,” 2018; “Johannesburg,” 2018; “Berlin,” 2018 from Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series, Courtesy Art21, founded 1997, art21.org
Please note: this event is now sold out, but more tickets may become available through the AIC website — check here.
We're thrilled to announce that Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will screen at the Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, November 30th at 3pm in Price Auditorium in conjunction with the museum's exhibition Hairy Who? 1966–1969. Our film is the ideal companion piece to the current show, and the perfect primer to understanding the Imagists in all their glory. From Jim Nutt’s cigar-chomping, amputated women to Christina Ramberg’s studies of corsetry and bondage; from Barbara Rossi’s bejeweled dot paintings to Roger Brown’s secretive, silhouetted figures in windows—Chicago’s diverse artists followed no trend, preferring a path they ferociously cleared for themselves. Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, 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. Chicagoist called it, "Electric, lovely film-making…Must be seen by all Chicagoans and art lovers, as well as anyone who wants to feel superbly inspired."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.