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From the masters of the Renaissance to the Romantic painters of the
19th century, the art of ancient Greece and Rome has inspired artists
for over 2,500 years. As Picasso painted the Minotaur repeatedly and
modern artist Cy Twombly inserted ancient Greek words into his
paintings, antiquity continues to act as a key impetus for contemporary
You are cordially invited to a preview at Hilton Asmus Contemporary
FRIDAY * NOVEMBER 6 * 6:00 to 8:00 pm
"Inspired by Antiquity" will parallel the Field Museum's groundbreaking exhibition "The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great", on
display from November 2015 through April 2016. While "The Greeks" sheds
light on the fascinating history of ancient Greece and Rome, "Inspired by Antiquity" will illustrate the unbroken line of inspiration in art from ancient times to the present.
Over the coming months,
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary will host a private
evening with each individual artist
"AN EVENING WITH THE ARTIST"
In the meantime, please join us as we celebrate SOFA 2015 on November 6.
JYL BONAGURO "MARBLE BUST" (ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT NOVEMBER 6)
From the perfectly
defined torsos of gods and goddesses to stylized busts of emperors and
generals, sculpture was one of the most widely practiced art forms in
ancient Greece and Rome. Artist and playwright, Jyl Bonaguro carries on the tradition with her marble and alabaster sculptures. Using the same tools used by ancient Greek and Romans, a hammer and chisel, she carves images
that resemble broken pieces of ancient statues. These beautiful figures
are purposefully fragmented with parts left unfinished in order to
expose the fallacy of immortality.
PETER SOREL "AGRIGENTO, Sicily, Mitoraj Sculpture, 2011
Chicago resident Peter Sorel, of "Hollywood to Chicago" fame,
has been an avid photographer since the age of thirteen. Immigrating to
the United States in 1959 from his native Hungary, he became one of
Hollywood's most sought after photographers, documenting movie sets and
creating stunning poster images for more than 120 films including Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Frida and Life of Pi. In
February 2014, Hilton | Asmus Contemporary showcased his celebrity
photographs alongside Mark Rothko inspired images shot along Lake
Michigan in his Homage to Rothko: Lake/Sky series. Sorel departs from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to a time that inspired the stories behind the big screen.
In 2011, while on a trip to Sicily, Sorel visited the archaeological site of Agrigento
where an installation of monumental sculptures by Polish
sculptor, Igor Mitoraj were on exhibition. Sorel's photographs capture
an image of fallen and broken gods and goddesses surrounding the temples
where they were once worshipped.
From frescos to panel portraits, paintings adorned the temples of ancient Greece and Rome. German born Chicago resident, Eve Ozer revives
an ancient method used by Greeks, encaustic (wax) painting. Using
non-traditional materials such as loofa, net, music sheets and
newspapers, she creates a surface that is composed of layers of
colors and textures.
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY
Featuring Chicago based artists, as
well as internationally known artists from Europe, and in particular,
the Mediterranean, the gallery is located in the River North Art District at the corner of Wells and Superior.
HILTON ASMUS CONTEMPORARY
716 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654 USA
TERRY POULOS "ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM"
(ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT NOVEMBER 6)
Poulos captures a lost piece of Greek history that rested on the bottom of the sea for 2,000 years.
The Antikythera mechanism is hailed as the world's first computer. The astrolabe was used as
an astronomical calculator/planetarium functioned to predict lunar and
solar eclipses, the alignment of celestial objects, procession of the
equinoxes, movement of the five
known planets at the time, and optimal times and regions to host the
ancient Olympic Games. Composed of bits of gears, tools and metal
objects with a verdigris patina, Poulos recreates this enigmatic
A longtime resident of Monte Carlo, Canadian sculptor Blake Ward's new works from his Spirits Collection
provoke introspection, illustrating his contemporary approach to
classical figurative sculpture and his development from firm academicism
to a new liberating metallic expressionism. Building on the techniques
of figurative sculpture developed in antiquity, his newest pieces
challenge the classical figure by opening up the interior space of the
human form as a way to search our inner selves.
While Ward remains true to the representational quality and the realistic proportions of traditional sculpture, Spirits crosses
over into abstract and ethereal realms where he aims for provocative
figures that expand the consciousness of our inner realities. Ward's 1/4scale, partial figures break away from all the fundamental rules of bronze sculpture.
MANOLIS TZORTZAKAKIS "UNTITLED"
A native of Greece, emerging artist Manolis Tzortzakakis' abstract
paintings are infused with the myths of ancient Greece. Moving to
Chicago in 2014, he incorporates the light and atmosphere of his new
home into his work. Manolis'
interest is not in depicting an accurate image of a natural pattern or
an artificial reproduction, but he attempts, by removing individual and
temporal features to convey a direct "view" of the sense or essence of
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY | 716 N. Wells Street | Chicago | IL | 60654
51ST CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATED CINEMA AND
CHICAGO'S IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY
Festival Highlights Included Industry Days,
Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design, and Awards Night
(CHICAGO, Nov 5, 2015) - Cinema/Chicago's
Chicago International Film Festival wrapped up its 51st edition on
Thurs, Oct 29 with its Closing Night presentation of the Festival's
Audience Choice Award winner Spotlight (USA),
starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber,
Brian d'Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, plus popular encore presentations
of the Festival's International Feature Competition winner, A Childhood (France), and New Directors Competition winner, Underground Fragrance (China).
Over the course of the two-week event,
the Chicago International Film Festival saw an increase in audience
attendance as compared to 2014. This year, Festival audience members
were delighted by new programming highlights such as Industry Days, a new culinary cinema program that offered one-of-a-kind experiences with food and film, and Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design.
Official selections at this year's
Festival featured over 140 feature-length narrative & documentary
films and 54 short films from 50 countries, celebrating diverse
cultures. Directors from around the world attended the Festival to
introduce their films and hold post-screening Q&As. This year's
Festival also welcomed back works by such acclaimed directors as Charlie Kaufman, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Frederick Wiseman, Chicago's own Stephen Cone, and Michael Moore, whose film Where To Invade Next won this year's Founders Award,
which is given to one film across all categories that captures the
spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and
innovative approach to the art of the moving image.
Moore is quite a character and his films are important. He's changed
the way we look at the documentary in so many ways. You either love him
or you hate him, but he's always been a director to watch," said Founder & Artistic Director Michael Kutza. "'Where To Invade Next' doesn't disappoint."
Where to Invade Next (USA)
was also the winner of the Festival's Audience Choice Award for Best
Documentary. Other Audience Choice Award winners included Spotlight (USA) and Mustang (France, Turkey). Festival
audience members received a ballot at each public Festival screening.
Overall, audience members gave this year's Festival films an average
rating of 4.2 out of a 5-point scale.
The 51st Festival also paid tribute to the achievements of producer Gigi Pritzker, director Charles Burnett, composer Howard Shore, actors Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Christopher Abbot (James White), and director Josh Mond (James White). The Festival's programming featured Special Presentations of U.S. Indies and Oscar hopefuls such as The 33, Carol (winner of this year's Gold Q Hugo), I Smile Back, Spotlight and this year's Surprise Film, Lenny Abrahamson's Room-one of the best-reviewed films of the year.
from Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia,
Denmark, France, Iceland, Iran, Netherlands Portugal, Switzerland,
United Kingdom, and the United States won the Gold and Silver Hugos in
the Festival's competitions: International Feature, New Directors, International Documentary, OUT-Look/Q Hugo Competition, Short Film, and Chicago Award. The second annual Roger Ebert Award,
which is presented to an emerging filmmaker whose film presents a fresh
and uncompromising vision, was awarded to Ida Panahandeh's Nahid (Iran).
"The Festival took audiences on a journey through cinema," said Founder & Artistic Director Michael Kutza.
"We are so pleased to introduce Chicago audiences to new films and
filmmakers while paying tribute to industry trailblazers."
were thrilled to welcome so many new and returning guests to the
Festival this year to participate in screenings, Industry Days, and
events," added Programming Director Mimi Plauché. "Our
audience members embraced the films we presented and engaged the
filmmakers in spirited conversations about the films, their process, and
the cultural context of their work."
INDUSTRY DAYS Industry Days
successfully connected local and visiting filmmakers with their peers
and industry executives. The inaugural conference was presented by Lead
Partner TIAA-CREF with additional support from Tribune Media Company,
Columbia College Chicago, and OtterBox. The four-day event launched with
an Industry Tribute to producer Gigi Pritzker, moderated by Andrea Wishom, Chief Operating Officer for Skywalker Properties Ltd. and former Executive Vice President of Harpo Studios.
"Our Industry Days venues, the Tribune Tower and the AMC, were
buzzing with invigorated attendees, discussing and debating what it
takes to produce and release successful movies both in Chicago and the
marketplace, at large," said Anthony Kaufman, programmer of Industry Days.
"It was great to see such a cross-section of filmmakers, film students,
and film and media talents, listening to and interacting with veteran
industry professionals, and looking for ways to push their projects
Featured panelists included writer-director Steve Pink (Gross Pointe Blank, Hot Tub Time Machine, New Girl); actor-producer-director Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With); Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler; Chicago directors Stephen Cone and Kris Swanberg; Richard Lorber, distributor of films by such acclaimed directors as Steven Soderbergh, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, and John Woo; Tom Quinn, distributor of films such as Where to Invade Next and the Oscar-winning Citizenfour; and Amy Hobby, producer of such films as Secretary, What Happened, Miss Simone? and co-founder of female-driven production company Tangerine Entertainment.
from the following companies also participated: IFC Films, Magnolia
Pictures, The Orchard, Sundance Institute, MPI Media Group, Music Box
Films, Kino/Lorber, The Film Collaborative, Film Buff, The Film Sales
Company, Preferred Content, ITVS, Kartemquin Films, and the Chicago
Industry Days ended with a competitive Pitch Session
("The Pitch") co-produced by IFP Chicago that made audiences and
industry leaders aware of remarkable works in progress. "The Pitch" was
judged by a panel including Amy Hobby (producer), Aijah Keith (IFC
Films), Steve Pink (producer), and Brett Hudson (producer). Judges
offered constructive feedback with humor and grace. A curated selection
of six filmmaking teams with new narrative projects participated.
An Honorable Mention was given to Fawzia Mirza, Brian Hieggelke, and Eugene Park for their film Signature Move
(about a 30-something lesbian who flounders in life, love and
wrestling, trying to reconcile who she is with the values of her
religious, TV-obsessed mother). Signature Move will receive support from IFP Chicago.
The winning pitch went to Amelia Dellos and Eric Anderson for their film Oriole Park
(about a serial killer who looms over the tightly knit community of
Oriole Park as a string of disappearances lead neighbors to suspect one
of their own). Dellos and Anderson received an award of in-kind services
worth over $20,000 from such companies as Magnanimous Media, AVID,
Hewlett-Packard and Stage 18, as well as support from IFP Chicago.
FOOD AND FILM
The Festival's new culinary cinema program successfully paired food and film.
"When we found three terrific films with gastronomic themes, and all with Chicago ties (Birth of Sake, Open Tables, and Breakfast At Ina's),
it seemed like a natural decision to 'event-ize' the screenings with
local restaurant tie-ins. We couldn't be happier with the way these
events have come together with great movies and great food and drink
partners," said the Festival's Programming Team.
Breakfast at Ina's
became one of the most popular films at the Festival. The film's World
Premiere and Local Root event was the fastest program to sell out of any
other film/event at this year's Festival.
In conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Festival programmed a special series called Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design, featuring a World Premiere, two North American Premieres, and four USA Premieres.
Tokyo to Milan to Sao Paolo, the international selection showcased 11
new feature films, including notable portraits of architects, designers
and buildings (Concrete Love - The Bohm Family, Why A Film About Michele De Lucchi?, The Infinite Happiness) and beautifully photographed depictions of contemporary and futuristic cities (Obra, Invention, Under Electric Clouds). From
subways to skyscrapers, from down-and-out squatters to
glass-house-dwellers, these films portray a range of people and
characters interacting with extraordinary places and spaces.
addition to a program of shorts, a Chicago Film Archives Program
("Modern Metropolis"), and the feature-length films, the Spotlight
featured a discussion with world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn.
The Festival's Spotlight: Architecture+Space+Design program is
supported by its Program Partners: Chicago Architecture Biennial, The
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Tribune Media, Italian Film Commission,
and Italian Trade Agency.
EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS - REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MOVIEGOERS
Cinema/Chicago's Education Program
held eight FREE film screenings at the 51st Chicago International Film
Festival, a highlight of the year-round program's mission of connecting
students, teachers and young filmmakers with unique and engaging media
literacy opportunities. The Education Program's Education Screenings were held each weekday morning during the Festival at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St, Chicago.
"The films we present to students during the Festival are a vital piece of the full Education Program puzzle," says Rebecca Fons, Education Director
at Cinema/Chicago."With the Education Screenings, we give students from
across the city the opportunity to see films they would not otherwise
experience. With our post-screening discussions, we further engage the
students by hearing their opinions, answering their questions, and
speaking as a group about film. In the twenty years since the Education
Program's inception, we've welcomed well over 100,000 students to the
Program, and we've done it all at no cost to schools, teachers, or
Cinema/Chicago's 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will be held October 13-27, 2016.
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization
dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to
making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The
Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs
presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include itsTelevision Awards,
CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings
Program, and Education Program. More information at ChicagoFilmFestival.com.
The 51st Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include
Gold Festival Partners: TIAA-CREF, Columbia College Chicago, Wintrust
Community Banks; Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters
Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Silver Festival Partners: Bloomberg,
Intersites; Platinum Media Partners: National CineMedia (NCM), JC
Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine; Gold Media Partners: WTTW11, Time Out
Chicago, WBEZ91.5, WXRT-FM, WBBM Newsradio, and The Hollywood Reporter;
Bronze Festival Partners: Stella Artois, AARP, Tribune Media;
Participating Partners: SundanceNow Doc Club, Whole Foods, Wansas
Tequila, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, KIND, OtterBox, Optimus, Sound
Investment; Official Vehicle: Volvo; Participating Hotels: Public
Chicago, The Whitehall Hotel, theWit and Loews Chicago Hotel; and
Cultural Partners: Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate
General of Italy in Chicago, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago,
Italian Film Commission, Italian Trade Agency, Polish Film Institute,
Goethe Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, ANCINE National
Cinema Agency of Brazil, and Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.
With Foundation and Government support from the National Endowment of
the Arts, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, the Illinois Arts Council, and
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional support provided by Allstate,
the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Dark Horse Wine, Effen Vodka,
Lavazza, and SkinnyPop.
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CHICAGO HONORS OUR VETERANS ON NOVEMBER 11 AT SOLDIER FIELD CEREMONY
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have announced plans for this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held at Soldier Field, Gate 0 on November 11 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include a speaking program with participants representing each branch of the United States military.
“On Veterans Day we honor the
brave men and women who put their lives on the line in service to this
country,” said Mayor Emanuel. “But we thank them every day for their
courage and sacrifice, and their families’ selflessness, in protecting
all of the freedoms we hold dear.”
The ceremony will once again
take place in front of the Doughboy statue. Along the wall are benches
to provide seating and moments of reflection. The benches contain
notable quotations regarding the efforts of those who serve our country.
Actual Military Medals of Honor representing the various branches of
the Armed Forces are cast into the backrests. The program will culminate
with a wreath laying ceremony at the Doughboy, a 21-gun salute, “Taps”
and the “Armed Forces Medley”.
Soldier Field was named as such at the request of the Gold Star
Mothers to honor the men lost in World War I. The Doughboy statue,
originally placed in Garfield Park, was restored and installed in
Soldier Field as part of the stadium renovation. Doughboy is an informal
term for a member of the United States Army of Marine Corps, especially
members of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who have
served honorably in the military in wartime and peacetime. Originally
known as Armistice Day and so declared by President Woodrow Wilson, it
was created to mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War
I. Following World War II, it was declared a day to honor all veterans
and in 1954, renamed Veterans Day by Congress.
FREE parking is available at the Waldron Parking Deck; exit at 18th
Street from Lake Shore Drive. For information on all programs presented
by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our
website at cityofchicago.org/dcase and join us on Facebook and Twitter
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is
dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural
vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s
non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts
businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural
and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the
City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting
high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and
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“Art You Grew Up With” offers personalized Peanuts
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Macy’s on State Street welcomes London-based “Art You Grew Up With” to
States. The installation, launching exclusively in Macy’s on State
Street, offers shoppers unique and customized merchandise from the
iconic and beloved characters of PEANUTS®. Offering framed and unframed
art prints, mugs, cell phone cases, iPad cases and
t-shirts, beginning at $20, customers can pick the colors, characters
and messages of their choice, for the perfect customizable gift.
Choosing Macy’s on State Street as its
exclusive launch in the United States, “Art You Grew Up With” also
offers special Chicago-themed merchandise, from Chicagoans’ love for
sports to the City’s
iconic flag and architecture. All customization is done in store, and
is ready to take home within 30 minutes. Macy’s and “Art You Grew Up
With” have also hired local art students from neighboring schools,
including Columbia College, to create the one-of-a-kind
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of the classic holiday animated special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,”
along with a new Snoopy’s Doghouse float debuting this year in the 89th
Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In celebration of the Macy’s on State
Street Great Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 7, “Art You Grew Up
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a limited time.
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