Porfolk: Portraits of Married Couples in Yiddish Literature
Jan 24, 2010
Location: Cobb Hall, Room 409, down the hall from The Renaissance Society
Schwarz is Senior Lecturer in Yiddish at the University of Chicago. He is currently the Barbara and Richard Rosenburg Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, researching “Yiddish Literary Testimonies: Mordechai Strigler, Leib Rokhman, Eliezer Wiesel.”
A discussion between the artist, Matt Saunders; Scott Rothkopf, Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Hamza Walker, Director of Education.
Feb 28, 2010
For his exhibition at The Renaissance Society—the artist’s first solo museum show—Berlin–based Matt Saunders will present several interrelated new works. In drawings, paintings, short films, and photographs, Saunders recasts images, often taken from film or television, into new narratives about portraiture and spectatorship. At the same time, he pushes boundaries between media to tell a parallel story of how images are made, are repeated, and are embodied in materials. At The Renaissance Society, Saunders will debut a new multichannel animated film, which moves through a cycle of scenes and notations. A new series of photographs made from drawn and painted “negatives” comprises a kind of ersatz portrait gallery, flush with a diverse cast of characters--from workers biking through the streets of Berlin to an early Los Alamos scientist, from a largely forgotten East German actress to the highest paid British television actor of the ’60s. As a group, they make a broken, associative record of twentieth-century lives.
Artist Talk: Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues) and Politics of Rehearsal
September 28 – December 14, 2008
Mexico City-based artist Francis Alÿs will present his animation Bolero, along with the 511 graphite drawings made during the animation process, and Politics of Rehearsal, a 30-minute video that combines footage of a speech by President Truman, narration by critic Cuauhtémoc Medina, and a rehearsal for a striptease. Rehearsal parallels sociopolitical promises made to Latin America by the United States with the tactics of a stripper—always leaving something to be desired.
Maarten van Hinte, writer
Ron Parson, director
Location: Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone, Chicago, IL
Orenthal, a one act, one man play, portrays the rise and fall of O.J, an All-American superstar, versus Shakespeare’s Othello. It’s a monologue with cuts and scratches back and forth between Shakespeare, mainstream USA, and the streets that feed America’s dreams and nightmares.