. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Wendy Clarke In Conversation

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | February 12, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Live captions available

Join Wendy Clarke; Bruce Jenkins, scholar and professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Maria Gaspar, artist and associate professor of Contemporary Practices at SAIC, for this wide-ranging look at Clarke’s groundbreaking 50-year career. Presented in partnership with the Video Data Bank.

Wendy Clarke, stills from Chapter One, 1977. Courtesy of the artist.


Since the early 1970s, artist Wendy Clarke’s visionary body of work has used the video camera as a revelatory tool for communion and self-reflection. She best known for the Love Tapes (1977–2011), an unprecedented, decades-long series in which she recorded more than 2,500 people around the globe reflecting on their feelings about love. She began her career as part of Tee Pee Video Space Troupe (1969–75), conceived by her mother, the experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Clarke’s numerous large-scale interactive video installations, projects, and tapes have been exhibited in institutions and events throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; and the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; among many others. She has been the subject of recent retrospectives at Anthology Film Archives, New York; Filmforum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; and LUX, London.


One on One: Ken and Louise
February 8–14
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Closed captions available

One on One: Arnold and Ahneva
February 11–17
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Closed captions available