We are pleased to announce that Pentimenti Productions has received a Chicago Public Program Grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art to fund a series of three free events taking place around Chicago from November 2014 through May 2015. Each event will include a screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists followed by a panel discussion exploring a specific theme from the film. With the Terra Foundation’s support, this series will bring conversation inspired by the film to a diverse set of audiences across the city, including students, museum patrons, academics, community members, and a general population of art enthusiasts.
The first event will take place on Friday, November 7th at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and will focus on the role of Hyde Park and its institutions in the creation and preservation of the Imagists' legacy. Details can be found on our website here. This event will be co-sponsored by the Hyde Park Art Center, the Smart Museum of Art, and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center.
The second event will take place on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the Chicago Cultural Center, and will focus on the evolving place of comics in the history of “fine” art from the time of the Imagists through the present day. The group of panelists will be anchored by Imagist artist Karl Wirsum.
The third event will take place in May 2015 and will examine the role of women artists in the Imagist scene, as compared to elsewhere in the history of 20th century art. Venue and panelists are currently being confirmed.
The pairing of screenings with panel discussions at these events will allow the audience to experience both the broad sweep of the history presented in the film, as well as the more tightly-focused historical conversation among a small group individuals. For attendees who are interested in the panels but have already seen the film and don’t wish to re-watch it, each event will include a second seating for the panel discussion alone.
Pentimenti Productions is grateful and and honored to be working with the Terra Foundation for American Art in support of their mission:
The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.
Find out more about the Terra Foundation for American Art at their website: www.terraamericanart.org