Imagists Film Program at DePaul Art Museum

In conjunction with DePaul Art Museum's  AfterImage exhibition, exploring the impact of Chicago Imagism on young artists today, Pentimenti Productions presented a screening of three short films (on 10/24/2012) featuring Chicago Imagist artists: two documentary portraits, and a musical sculpto-pictorama by multimedia artist Red Grooms. A short excerpt from Pentimenti's work-in-progress film, Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, rounded out the program.

Pentimenti arranged for the conservation & re-mastering of all three 16mm films from 1969-1990.  Nolo Digital Film (Chicago), and PostWorks (New York), transferred and restored the films with the participations of The Filmmakers' Cooperative and the estate of Seton Coggeshall.

TAPPY TOES
Red Grooms & Mimi Gross 1969, 16mm transferred to HD video, color, 19min
Filmed at Red Grooms’ 1968 installation “The City of Chicago” at Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago.

Starring Lorri Gunn and Ed Paschke. Featuring Karl Wirsum as Oil Drip, Ellen Lanyon as Bee Fine, Sarah Canright as Tracy Glass, Richard Hunt as B. Bop Flint, and Roland Ginzel as William F. Gibbs. Camera by Ed Flood.

“The last underground musical! Two years in the making! Created by Red Grooms, 'the Bernini of Pop Art.'-(John Canaday, N. Y. Times). An extravaganza with all stops out: captures the stylish flamboyancy of Mr. Busby Berkeley's shimmering 1930's magic combined with the political bullyism of Major Daley's Chicago. Bulges at the scenes!” --Red Grooms

A MOVIE ABOUT KARL WIRSUM
Seton Coggeshall 1971, 16mm transferred to HD video, b&w and color, 28min

An afternoon spent wading through the home studio of Hairy Who painter Karl Wirsum, age 32. Complete with puppet show and dental hygiene seminar!

THE INDIVIDUALITY OF THE INANIMATE OBJECT: THE COLLECTION OF RAY YOSHIDA
Seton Coggeshall 1990, 16mm transferred to HD video, color, 14min

“The objects shown were collected by the painter Ray Yoshida. They were photographed in his residence. On the soundtrack Ray speaks about the collection.” --Seton Coggeshall

A wide-ranging treatise on collecting and living with objects, delivered by Ray Yoshida – artist, teacher, leader of Maxwell Street expeditions, and an inspiration for the collecting practices of many Chicago Imagist artists who were both his students and contemporaries.

Ray Yoshida re-hangs a mask in Coggeshall's film.