A John Ford Film Festival
Author Joseph Malham
Chicago, IL] Joseph Malham will present A John Ford Film Festival, taking place at Hilton/Asmus Contemporary on October 11, 12 and 13, 2013, and featuring three classic John Ford Films to be screened and discussed with a reception after.
The John Ford Film Festival will celebrate the release of Malham's book: John Ford: Poet in the Desert and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the director's death.
The three day festival will spotlight three of the director's classic works: Stagecoach (Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.), How Green Was My Valley (Saturday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Sunday, October 13, 5:00 p.m.).
Malham's book, published by Lake Street Press in Chicago, is an intimate look at the life and work of a man considered the greatest poet of the American cinema and arguably the greatest in the history of the medium itself. The films will be introduced by three guest speakers, including the author himself, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. The Western-themed works of photographer Dennis Manarchy, who celebrates the vanishing cultures of America with a particular emphasis on the cowboy and the myths of the West.
This event is free and while RSVPs are not required, they are recommended to insure seating for all. For more information, please call or write the author (info at top of page) or visit:
WINTER INTO SPRING
THE MARVELOUS WEAVINGS
of ANI AFSHAR
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BUTTERFLIES & BUFFALO
Tales of American Culture
September 6 - October 12
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is proud to introduce Dennis Manarchy's latest series of photograph, Butterflies & Buffalo, (Tales of American Culture) on the heels of the fantastic METAL show from last September. The show is comprised of not only his classic black & white imagery, but color renditions of his photography along with a video of Manrchy's contemporary vision of a gunfight!
Recently a speaker for TEDx Windy City, Manarchy discussed the creation of his 35 foot camera that create a negative with 97,000 pixels and can develop into a two story tall photograph, showing every pore, hair follicle and more detail than any photograph ever taken. A model of the camera will be on display during the exhibition.
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JOHN W. CLARK
THE FUNCTION OF FORM
FRIDAY, MAY 31
5 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition runs thru July 23
PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES
AND TALK ABOUT THE OEUVRE
of KOSTIS GEORGIOU
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward
appearance of things, but their inward significance." -Plato
A pixel, short for picture element, is the smallest element of an image that can be illuminated or darkened. And so it is, with the paintings and sculptures of Kostis Georgiou. Infused with an alchemy of brilliant colors, these smallest elements burst with emotion and lyricism. Please join us as we welcome Kostis Georgiou to Chicago for an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures following his 5-museum tour in China.
Exhibition runs through April 12th, 2013
BODY & SOUL
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary | THE SOUL
Jennifer Norback Fine Art | THE BODY
Addington Gallery | WHERE THE TWO MEET
paintings, poetry, video by ARICA HILTON
BELGIN YÜCELEN, ÇETIN ATEŞ,
jewelry by TAMMY KOHL
The next chapter in this collaborative exhibition between three galleries addresses the themes of symmetry, color and an deeper exploration into the history of birth through death (or transmutation of energy).
WHAT IS SOUL?
written and performed by
HELD OVER UNTIL
OCTOBER 20, 2013
Using Arica Hilton's 6 x 10 foot painting, UNIVERSE, LIFE UNLIMITED, as the backdrop for her play, Nora Dunn's singular solo performance emerges from the memories of a mythical 87-year-old Hollywood doyenne who discovered the greatest stars of the 50’s, the musings of a seven-year old girl who is mystified by the small world of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and the life of the inmates in a TV series called Lockdown, a 65-year-old woman, Mrs. Williams, who chronicles a family history tainted by racism yet grounded in love, and a dreamy middle-aged English bookkeeper who’s ill fated vacation to Southern California ends in tragedy. Dunn’s personal stories from her childhood in Chicago’s West Side collide with the tales of the rich and powerful players in show business.
Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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MARCO NEREO ROTELLI ILLUMINATES FIELD MUSEUM ON JUNE 24!
Monday June 24, at 9:30 pm , Marco Nereo Rotelli's collaborative installation of light, projected images, music and live poetry turned the north and west facades of the Field Museum into a living architectural manuscript meditating on Dante's visions of heaven and hell, nature and numerology, reality and representation.
True to the theme of Dante's Inferno, the evening was
According to Kerry Reid in an article in the Chicago Tribune,
"Rotelli, when he was approached by Silvio Marchetti, the director of Istituto Italiano di Cultura about creating a site-specific installation for Chicago's celebration of 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, "I wanted to take a poem of the Italian culture that became an object of all the world." He also wanted, as he had done in many of his works, to bring in global visions of poets. In doing so, he reached out to past collaborator Arica Hilton, an artist, poet and owner of Hilton Asmus Contemporary gallery in River North and former president of the Poetry Center, to help him find poets who could work with cantos that Rotelli selected from Dante and give them a contemporary spin."
"For me, the space where I work is a concept," says Rotelli, who first trained as an architect. "It is interesting for me to work on horizontal architecture in a city of the vertical." Long fascinated with lost languages, Rotelli also finds inspiration in the Field as a repository of natural history and cultures, as well as in its location near the lake, with its vista of the horizon of water and sky.
"The light, the poetry, the architecture all suggest the possibility of joining the past and the present," says Rotelli. And as Marchetti notes, the Field's location on a hill overlooking major thoroughfares allows for the installation to be glimpsed by those passing by.
In addition to the poetry (other participating poets include Elise Paschen, Ana Castillo, Giuseppe Conte, Reginald Gibbons, Lia Siamou, Thomas Haskell Simpson and Chana Zelig), "Divina Natura" also incorporates an original soundtrack featuring original compositions by Adrian Leverkuhn and Thomas Masters as well as soprano Karolina Dvorakova.
For a city known as "Nature's Metropolis" — as William Cronon dubbed Chicago in his signature history — as well as one that romanticizes its own phoenix-from-the-ashes past, there may be a special resonance in Rotelli's "Divina Natura." But for all who look wearily upon the never-ending bad news in the headlines, Rotelli promises that the installation can remind us that "The mind of every man, every poet, is looking toward heaven."
Born in Venice in 1955, Marco Nereo Rotelli lives and works in Milan and Paris. He holds an MBA in Architecture. For years Rotelli researched light and the poetic dimension, which Harald Szeemann has defined “an expansion of the artistic contest”. Rotelli has created a solid relationship between art and other disciplines of knowledge for years. Involving in his research as a consequence, philosophers, musicians, photographers, film directors, but mainly the relationship is between his art and poetry, which has become a constant reference to his work. He has illuminated major monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee du Petit Palais in paris, the Beijing Olympics and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale numerous times.
FROM ATHENS TO CHICAGO
Kostis Georgiou was born in 1956 in Thessalonica, a town thriving with life and activity, and the second port of Greece.
After his secondary schooling in Athens, he went on a quest to find his identity. For six months he tried living in Sweden but missed the heat. He went to Florence to study stage design, and then returned to Athens where he went to Art College to study painting and sculpture under Pr. D Mytaras and Pr. D.Kokkonides. He finished his studies at the Royal College of Art in London under Pr. Peter de Francia.
After his wanderings, he decided to settle in Athens where he felt at home. From 1988 to 1991 he taught painting and stage design at the L.Stavrakos School of Cinema and worked for theatre and the Greek television company ERT. At the same time he continued to paint and sculpt. Soon this is all he did, devoting himself to his art, preferring his work as an artist to more lucrative activities at that time. It was a necessity for him to create and bring forth forms from his soul and being. He likes both painting and sculpture and has the incessant need to go from one to the other continuously. For him, they both express the same tension. They are not soft but have a declamatory style, majestically orchestrated, with bright, frank,unrelenting colours, the space inhabited by people and animals. This theatricality is doubtless due to Georgiou’s years of training and experience.
Recent pictorial works by the artist use the same artificial settings, breaking away from traditional methods of composition. Georgiou creates another universe where the onlooker can grasp the silent language of colour and form. His palette in much of his work, is reduced to primary colours and black, (considered to be the absence of colour yet used as one). This simple use of yellows, reds, blues and black, bring an emotional intensity to each stage, almost film-like, in his canvases. The spectator is invited to enter and participate in the action taking place. For example, works such as Domina, Tempus, Optimus, Stasis and Ecce Homo on three levels: the setting of the scene, the scene itself and in the semi-dark background where one guesses that something is happening. Even more lively and interactive is the rather dark canvas Dreams which shows a diver. Here Georgiou brings us into his own thoughts. He considers that a creator is not an artist but someone who dives into deep waters to translate an original and indefinable work. He is one of those artists with an insatiable appetite for creation.
When he feels the intrinsic need to turn to sculpture, a means of changing medium, he is driven by the same passion, to reposition and open his paintings to other perspectives. He began sculpture when he was twenty-four years old and held his first three dimensional exhibition in 1986. Everything is created from beginning to the end in his studio. He is the only person who touches his sculptural pieces. He tries to master stainless steel, sheets of iron, aluminium, and more recently, bronze. He solders, hammers and paints. It is only for work in bronze that he refers to a founder. Today he makes new sculptures. They are conceived to become monumental works installed in towns, making the environment a more beautiful and pleasant place for the inhabitants. The three bronzes Phylax, Galileo, Epiphanion are remarkably simple with great purity of line and a minimalist structure. In contrast, the Thesis and Stasis, types of strange, almost human, animals, transport us into a fantastical land. While Motion, Bridge, Dancers and Acrobats are more lyrical, lively and theatrical.This is doubtless Georgiou’s way of transporting us into a new world.
Docteur en Histoire de l’Art – Ph.D
Director of Qu Art
October 29th, 2012