. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)


Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | September 29, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009 and Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6pm

Guests in person!

Image: László Moholy-Nagy & ID students, Design Workshops (1944).

“The illiterates of the future,” the pioneering Hungarian artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy once famously proclaimed, “will be ignorant of the camera and pen alike.” Founded in Chicago in 1937 and modeled after the German Bauhaus, Moholy-Nagy’s groundbreaking Institute of Design [ID], now part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, was one of the first American schools to develop an art-film program. Its influence on photography, art, and design was unparalleled at the time and still resonates today.

This two-evening program brings together a remarkable collection of experimental, documentary, and design-focused films by ID faculty and students, dating from the school’s beginnings through 1970. Featured are works by Moholy-Nagy, Nathan Lerner, Marvin Newman, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Ken Josephson, and Millie Goldsholl, including a number of rarely-screened prints from the Chicago History Museum.

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum. This series is part of the “Learning Modern” exhibition at SAIC Sullivan Galleries, and a program of Living Modern Chicago, organized by SAIC and the Mies van der Rohe Society/Illinois Institute of Technology. Visit www.livingmodernchicago.org.

Vision in Motion, Program 1

Thursday, October 1

(1944-1970, USA, various artists, various formats, ca 75 min)

Do Not Disturb (László Moholy-Nagy & students, 1945, 16mm on DVD, color, sound, 19 min.)

Outtakes “Light Machine” (László Moholy-Nagy & Nathan Lerner, 1944, 16mm, color, silent, 4 min.)

Motions (Harry Callahan, 1948-49, 16mm, b/w, silent, 10 min.)

Licht Spiel Nur 1 (Robert Stielger, 1966, 16mm on HDV, color, silent, 6 min.)

DL #2 (Larry Janiak, 1970, 16mm, color, sound, 11 min.)

George & Martha Revisited (Wayne Boyer, 1967, 16mm, b/w, silent, 8 min.)

Followed by a discussion with Hattula Moholy-Nagy, scholar and daughter of Moholy-Nagy; Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Wayne Boyer, filmmaker and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Vision in Motion, Program 2

Friday, October 2

(1950-1968, USA, various artists, various formats, ca 75 min)

Chicago Morning (Boris Yakovleff & students, 1952, 16mm, b/w, sound, 14 min.)

A Motion Control Drawing (Len Gittleman & Faythe Nelson, 1953, 16mm, color, silent, 5 min.)

Night Driving (Millie Goldsholl, 1957, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min.)

The Church on Maxwell Street (Yasuhiro Ishimoto & Marvin Newman, 1951, 16mm on BetaSP, b/w, sound, 8 min.);

Nebula 2 (Robert Frerck, 1969, 16mm on HDV, color, sound, 6 min.)

33rd and LaSalle (Ken Josephson, 1962, 16mm, b/w, silent, 8 min.)

Adam’s Film (Larry Janiak, 1963, 16mm, color, sound, 12 min.)



    Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    CATE is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC's Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    Programs take place Thursdays at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State / Chicago, IL / 312.846.2600), unless otherwise noted.