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Screenings: Art 21

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014–Thursday, November 06, 2014
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street

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Gallery 400 is proud to be a program partner for ART21’s Access ’14, a global initiative bringing unprecedented public access to the work and words of contemporary artists through free film screenings. Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, the new season of ART21 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe, and Latin America who reveal how art can inspire and transform lives and communities. In locations as diverse as a Bronx public housing project, a military testing facility in the Nevada desert, a jazz festival in Sweden, and an activist neighborhood in Mexico, the artists reveal intimate and personal insights into their lives and creative processes. 

In order to make these events relevant to conversations happening in classrooms and communities right here in Chicago, Gallery 400 has lined up four incredible Chicago-based artists to be official artist-respondents for each episode. The artists will make a short presentation relating the theme of the episode to their own work before the screening. A brief conversation with the artist, led by a graduate student in UIC’s Museum and Exhibition Studies program, will follow.

All screenings are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Gallery 400 Lecture Room at 6pm. Snacks will be provided.   


October 1  Episode 1: Investigation

Artist Respondent: Fereshteh Toosi

Student Moderator: Demecina Beehn

How do artists push beyond what they already know and readily see? Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? In this episode, artists use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process.

Featuring artists: Thomas Hirschhorn, Graciela Iturbide, Leonardo Drew

October 15 Episode 2: Secrets

Artist Respondent: Deb Sokolow

Student Moderator: Nicholas Ballesteros

How do artists make the invisible visible? What hidden elements persist in their work? Is it the artist s role to reveal them, or not? In this episode, artists share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work.

Featuring artists: Elliott Hundley, Arlene Shechet, Trevor Paglen

November 5 Episode 3: Legacy

Artist Respondent: Faheem Majeed

Student Moderator: Sandy Guttman

Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? Artists in this episode use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain. 

Featuring artists: Wolfgang Laib, Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas

November 19 Episode 4: Fiction

Artist Respondent: Jennifer Reeder

Student Moderator: Andie Kimura

What makes a compelling story? How do artists disrupt everyday reality in the service of revealing subtler truths? This episode features artists who explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.

Featuring artists: Katharina Grosse, Joan Jonas, Omer Fast