Film Series: Contemporary Art
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 — 10:30am - 11:45am
This film series explores contemporary art from the newest season (8) of the PBS series Art21.
Each film explores contemporary art in a different city. Each film is 50 minutes long and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with a Bruce Museum staff member. Free with Museum admission. No registration required.
11/2 – Chicago, 11/9 – Mexico City, 11/16 – Los Angeles, 11/23 – Vancouver.
Contemporary Art, Chicago
Chicago is a city rooted in industry and towering architecture, and artists in Chicago are disrupting urban experience through experimentation.
Nick Cave (b.1959, Fulton, MO, USA) creates “Soundsuits”—surreally majestic objects blending fashion and sculpture—that originated as metaphorical suits of armor in response to the Rodney King beatings and have evolved into vehicles for empowerment. Theaster Gates (b.1973, Chicago, IL, USA) first encountered creativity in the music of Black churches on his journey to becoming an urban planner, potter, and artist. Gates creates sculptures out of clay, tar, and renovated buildings, transforming the raw material of the South Side into radically reimagined vessels of opportunity for the community. Barbara Kasten (b.1936, Chicago, IL, USA) makes photographs and video projections in her studio that evoke an experience of movement through modernist architecture. Chris Ware (b.1967, Omaha, NE, USA), known for his New Yorker magazine covers, is hailed as a master of the comic art form. Ware’s complex graphic novels, which tell stories about people in suburban midwestern neighborhoods, poignantly reflect on the role of memory in constructing identity.