October 8–15, 2015 (Exhibition Dates : Sep 11–Nov 8, 2015) Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Renowned French film director and visual artist Agnès Varda will spend Oct 8 – 15 in residence at the University of Chicago as part of a major weeklong celebration of her work.
CinéVardaExpo.Agnès Varda in Chicago includes a public lecture by Varda on Oct 9, a conversation between Varda and artist Jessica Stockholder on Oct 11, a public Q&A on Oct 15, and screenings of selected films throughout the week, many attended by Varda herself. The Logan Center Gallery will host an exhibition of Varda’s recent work, Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too), from Sep 11–Nov 8. Reservations are required for some events and available at tickets.uchicago.edu.
“In her work, Agnès Varda displays a powerful talent for weaving together questions of the individual and the collective, the subjective and the objective, the real and the imaginary, and the beautiful and the dismal,” said Dominique Bluher, Lecturer and Director of MA Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and one of the organizers of Varda’s residency. “I love Varda’s poetic wit and intelligence, and the way she anchors the conceptual in the sensual. She is also unafraid of transformation : as she likes to put it, ‘I am an old filmmaker who has become a young visual artist.’ I am thrilled that Agnès Varda is coming to the University of Chicago to celebrate her work with us.”
At 87, Varda is one of the most significant voices in French and European cinema as well as in the world of art. Sometimes called the “grandmother of the French New Wave,” she has created more than 40 short, documentary, and fiction films for both TV and cinema, and staged many exhibitions of photographs and installation pieces. Among her best-known works are Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo From Five To Seven, 1961), Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, 1985), and Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I, 2000). Her latest feature length film, Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès, 2008), premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2009.
In 2003, Varda was invited by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to show her visual art at the Venice Biennale. Since then, her photography, installations, sculptures, and performance pieces have been exhibited at the Lyon Biennale, SMAK Ghent, Foundation Cartier for Contemporary Art in Paris, CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, and LACMA in Los Angeles.
During her visit, Varda will participate in several events for UChicago students. These include master classes on her work as a director of fiction and documentary films and a lunch with graduate students from the Department of Visual Arts, the Department Cinema and Media Studies, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Cinema and Media Studies will be offering a mixed undergraduate/graduate course on Agnès Varda’s work this fall.
CinéVardaExpo is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the Film Studies Center. Additional support was provided by France Chicago Center, the French Institute, and the University of Chicago Arts Council. This series of events is sponsored in part by the Chuck Roven Fund, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, and the Counter Cinema/Media Project of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
CinéVardaExpo is organized by Dominique Bluher, Lecturer and Director of MA Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies ; Camille Morgan, Logan Center Exhibitions Curatorial Coordinator ; Leigh Fagin, Associate Director of University Arts Engagement ; and Julia Gibbs, Assistant Director of the Film Studies Center.
About the Exhibition
Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too)
Sep 11–Nov 8, 2015
Reception : Fri, Oct 9, 5–9 pm
Agnès Varda puts films in her photos, and photos, potatoes, and shells in her films and video-installations. The exhibition proposes a dialogue between still photography and moving pictures. Four recent video-installations will be presented alongside a selection of her photographic work exploring or questioning the polarity between still and moving, broken and continuous, fleeting and fixed or captured. Curated by Dominique Bluher, Lecturer and Director of M.A. Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.
About the Film Programming The film programming presented as part of CinéVardaExpo includes landmark works as well as rarely seen films that highlight Varda’s feminist perspective and reveal new connections between her long-standing fascination with photography, color and “mise-en-scène as installation.” All films are in French with English subtitles. http://arts.uchicago.edu/cinevardaexpo
About the Artist Agnès Varda is one of the most significant voices in French and European cinema and in the world of art. She has directed more than 40 short, documentary, and fiction films for both TV and cinema, and staged numerous exhibitions of her artwork. Varda began her career as a still photographer working primarily for Jean Vilar at the Avignon Theater Festival, and later at the National Popular Theater at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.
In 1954 she made her first feature, La Pointe courte (1954), one of the key precursor films of the French New Wave. Among her best-known works are : Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961), Le Bonheur (1964, Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival) Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, 1985, Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival), and Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I, 2000). Her latest feature length film, Les Plages d’Agnès (Agnès’ Beaches, 2008), premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Sep 2009. In 2010 – 2011, she directed a documentary series Agnès de ci de là Varda (Agnès Varda : From Here to There) for the French-German TV channel ARTE.
In 2003, Varda was invited by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to show her visual art at the Venice Biennale. Since then, her photography, installations, sculptures, and performance pieces have been exhibited at the Lyon Biennale, SMAK Ghent, Foundation Cartier for Contemporary Art in Paris, CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, and LACMA in Los Angeles. In 2014, the European Film Academy presented the writer-director with its 27th lifetime achievement award for her body of work, and in recognition of her contribution to the world of film. In 2015, Varda received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
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