Tuesday, August 31, 2021

HOT•BED Presents "Hidden Threads" (Philadelphia, PA)



Hidden Threads
A multidisciplinary group exhibition explores the spontaneous side of memory.

September 11 – November 12, 2021
János Korodi, 014, 2020, 31 1/2 x 43 in., Gesso, dye sublimation on raw plywood sheathing

  HOT•BED is pleased to present Hidden Threads, a group exhibition curated by Bryan Hoffman that explores the subconscious memories that inform our identities. As we navigate daily life, sensory stimuli may provoke unrelated recollections or emotions from the past. The work in the show is inspired by these involuntary memories, also known as “mind-pops,” which form the “hidden threads” that weave together our everyday experiences. Inspired by this idea, artists Katee Boyle, Carlos Alejandro, Alex Griffin, and János Korodi are exhibiting works spanning painting, photography, videography/projection mapping, sculpture, installations, and works on paper. In addition to their individual pieces, Boyle, Alejandro, and Nelson have also contributed new collaborative projects created especially for this exhibition. This is the first exhibition that will utilize the entirety of HOT•BED’s space, including its main gallery and MICRO•GALLERY. Hidden Threads will flow through the gallery, intensifying as it goes, while acting as a subconscious space that visitors are invited to explore. Staff will intentionally provide little direction, as to ensure total autonomy over how deeply visitors would like to dive into the recesses of the space and mind. Hidden Threads will be on view from September 11 - November 12, 2021 with an opening event on September 11, 2021 at 6-10 pm EST. To RSVP, please visit https://www.hotbedphilly.com/appointments.

“Mind-pops” occur without effort or exerted influence, often during habitual activity. Everyone experiences these moments — when you taste, see, hear, smell, or touch something and suddenly a rush of memory surfaces. These memories can be powerful catalysts for creative expression or harmful triggers for negative emotions. “What it shows us is that our subconscious often knows the meaning of an experience, even if consciously we don't," Professor Lia Kvavilashvili of the University of Hertfordshire told Scientific American. Inspired by this phenomenon, each artist in Hidden Threads references or explores the idea through their own distinct style and conceptual lens.

Korodi considers memory by portraying the visceral experience of moving through space and time. His never-before-exhibited “Transfer” series (2020) continues his work with street views in a new medium; the artist takes images from Google Maps and prints them onto raw plywood sheets using a dye sublimation process. The romantic yet ghostly works retain the patterns and textures of the wood, with the street view images superimposed on top of them, mirroring the way memory is layered over the present. Korodi will also be showing works from his “Motion” and “Bridges in Motion” series.

Boyle gives us an intimate window into the place where past, present, and future are always meeting, fighting, coexisting, and collaborating. Her work “resonates with a tug of memoir, the desire to move forward but always with a strong gravitational pull of the past.” For Hidden Threads, Boyle has teamed up with Alejandro and Matt Nelson of N.E. Thing Productions on a series of “flip book” video projections, which expand upon the narrative of Boyle’s paintings and sculptures. The projections — shot by Alejandro and featuring Boyle — will be exhibited mapped over Boyle’s installation pieces, on top of horticulture displays designed by curator Bryan Hoffman, and against the walls of the gallery, creating an immersive experience that echoes the disarray of the subconscious.

In addition to the projections, Alejandro also contributes individual works to the show, including photographs and enlarged negatives hung in a line to mimic the setup of a dark room. By utilizing the traditional medium of analog photography — including a variety of uniquely complex techniques for developing and printing his images — Alejandro reflects on memory, artistic craft, and what is lost or preserved in the passage of time.

Griffin paints landscapes and architectural spaces in a raw, fuzzy style that mimics the haze of the past, but retains its emotional resonance. Though the pieces are often somber and visually sparse, Griffin gives structure to memory, making it visible in new ways. Rather than striving for photorealistic perfection, the artist captures what it feels like to almost grasp a memory before it slips back into the subconscious layers of the mind. (Griffin and Boyle have previously shown work together at Scarlett Thicket Farms in Chester County.)

Altogether, the exhibition presents a rich and layered depiction of memory and its elusive “mind pops.” In probing the possibilities of this complex, confounding, and distinctly human experience, Hidden Threads asks us to consider what we know we know, as well as that which we can only hope to catch a glimpse of someday. For more information and additional updates on Hidden Threads, please visit https://www.hotbedphilly.com/current.

About Carlos Alejandro
Born in New York City. Grew up in public housing projects. Classically trained musician. 35 years of successful editorial, commercial, and fine art photography. Advocate for creativity, children, education and the environment.

About Katee Boyle
Katee Boyle, Scarlett Forge; Kennett Square, Pennsylvania explores a wide range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, words, sound, and installation to create the artifacts and narratives attributed to her work. A conceptually-driven expressionist, her stories stem from personal tributes to the human experience and unyielding faith in the power of emotional responses. Boyle's work responds to the question: what does it mean to feel human, unapologetically from the female perspective. The manifestation of Her documents offers a representation of memory energized by a sense of momentum. Her work shares a strong temporal dimension - a place where the past, present, and future are always meeting, often colliding or in conflict. Boyle's work resonates with a tug of memoir, the desire to move forward but always with a strong gravitational pull of the past. Speaking in a viscerally raw language of unbridled honestly on female invisibility and social conditioning, Boyle presents the viewer with a deconstructed female perspective on emotional life.

Boyle's Artifacts reflect on cultural and gender-nuanced elements of life: birth, death, mother, family, discord, trust, and healing. Her work explores the mapping of connections and growth between that which is tangible and that which is most often unmentionable and fleeting. Her narratives embody the external social messages that speak to personal and private but simultaneously mingle and resonate with her audience as emotionally responsive, collectively shared experiences.

Boyle's work is in private collections internationally. She has exhibited at SOFA Chicago, is a Winterthur Museum Maker- Creator Fellow, and a United States Artist Nominee.

About Alex Griffin
Alex Griffin creates landscapes that move among the past, present and future. Taking on multiple roles of painter, historian and storyteller, he reconstructs realities by inviting the viewer into imaginary scenes - a field, an urban landscape, a quiet walkway. His paintings have a cinematic effect and are filled with dreamlike imagery and structure. He builds up the surfaces of his canvases with layers of narratives and surrealist images. Griffin received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. He lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

About János Korodi
János Korodi was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1971. He is a visual artist, primarily a painter, and deals with different forms of printmaking, murals, and occasionally participates in interdisciplinary collaborations. By the time he received his doctoral degree in visual arts from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, at the age of 42 in 2013, he was already in the process of relocation to the US. In the last 25 years, his works have been shown in various countries in Europe and the US. He has spent a six-months artists residency at TerraCycle Inc. in Trenton, NJ in 2015, awarded the 2010 Eötvös Scholarship of the Hungarian State--a studio residency in New York City, a 2008 scholarship at the Hungarian Academy in Rome, the 1999–2001 Derkovits Fellowship for emerging artist in Hungary, and the 1996 scholarship from the Tóth Menyhért Foundation of Kecskemét, Hungary. Korodi’s works are in permanent public and private collections internationally. He has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 2015. Through the 2000’s, Korodi has dealt with architecture and urbanism, and its visual and theoretical aspects for his Genius Loci - Spirit of the Place paintings and program, which concluded in his thesis. Later, he found his new self in “motion”, and the phenomenon of transition between places. This move colluded and bound together with the human exodus of the recent decade, as well as with his own immigration, and it reflects on the Spirit of the Place problem, too.

About HOT•BED 
Established in 2017, HOT•BED is a gallery and creative lifestyle space in Philadelphia that unites art, horticulture, and design. Helmed by Creative Director, Bryan Hoffman, HOT•BED is a catalyst and a conduit for futures not yet realized. It’s a gathering place, not unlike the Paris Salons of the Nineteenth century, where visitors and artists alike have the opportunity to collaborate, exhibit, and explore new ideas in a welcoming and judgment-free environment.

723 Chestnut St, Floor 2,
Philadelphia, PA 19106 



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L’Soft brings film exhibition, project management, and archival experience to the
27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

Confirmed films for the festival include a Gordon Parks retrospective; the debut feature from award-winning director Kelley Kali Chatman;
and EYIMOFE in 16mm
(Photo of L'Soft, courtesy of L'Soft)

CHICAGO—The Gene Siskel Film Center has named L’Soft (they/them) as its Black Harvest Film Festival Associate Programmer. In this new position for the Film Center, created with the aim of growing the Festival’s programming team and ensuring a thoughtfully and collaboratively curated lineup, L’Soft will work in tandem with Film Center Director of Programming Rebecca Fons and Black Harvest Film Festival co-founder and consultant Sergio Mims on planning the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago’s Black film festival, taking place in person and virtually from November 5 through December 2, 2021. L’Soft’s responsibilities will include viewing film entries, helping to craft the festival schedule, and moderating panels and filmmaker discussions. 

L’Soft started with the Film Center on August 18 and will continue on a temporary, part-time basis through the duration of the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival.

L’Soft brings to the Film Center experience in filmmaking, film exhibition, and archival work. As Archives Associate and Education Programs Coordinator at the DuSable Museum of African American History, L’Soft helped facilitate special events and develop and facilitate educational programming aimed at making primary source materials accessible to the public. As the Director of Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House, L’Soft coordinated weekly screenings and discussions analyzing cinema of the African diaspora, including independent films from Chicago and abroad. L’Soft has also worked as a Project Manager at the University of Chicago Libraries. 

L’Soft holds a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology from Roosevelt University, where they participated in a two-week study abroad course in South Africa to study race, class, and gender inequality; and is currently pursuing their Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.

L’Soft centers their curation in ethics-driven intent, conceptualization, and dissemination of Black imagery and has curated and facilitated fellowship amongst Black artists, leaders and activists through Concerned Black Image Makers (CBIM), a collective co-founded in 2017.

“I’m thrilled to welcome L’Soft to the Gene Siskel Film Center team as our Black Harvest Film Festival Associate Programmer,” said Director of Programming Rebecca Fons. “L’Soft’s experience in the filmmaking and media arts communities of Chicago, as well as their enthusiasm for cinema that challenges audiences and inspires conversation ensures that we’ll have a dynamic and exhilarating lineup for the 27th year of Black Harvest.” 

"Thank you, Gene Siskel staff and constituents for the warm welcome! I'm excited to lend cultural literacy and my passion for Black cinema to the Black Harvest legacy. I'm especially looking forward to spotlighting unique, diverse narratives and voices of Chicago's film community,” said L’Soft.

Entries for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival closed on Friday, August 27, with several films already confirmed for the festival, including I’M FINE, THANKS FOR ASKING from co-directors Kelley Kali Chatman, whose short film, “Lalo’s House,” won the inaugural Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize in 2018; and filmmaker Angelique Molina , both of whom also co-star in the feature. The film tells the story of a recently widowed mother who, when she becomes homeless, pitches a tent and convinces her 8-year-old daughter that it's a fun camping trip. As she works to find permanent housing, her daughter grows increasingly tired of weeks in the heat. 
Another official selection is EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE), the confident feature film debut from brothers Chuko Esiri and Arie Esiri, which premiered earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival. Shot on 16mm, the film is a hopeful and compassionate portrait of two distantly connected strangers in Lagos, Nigeria. 
Also running throughout Black Harvest will be a four-film retrospective of the work of groundbreaking photographer, writer, and filmmaker Gordon Parks, which will feature THE LEARNING TREE (1969), LEADBELLY (1976), MOMENTS WITHOUT PROPER NAMES (1986), and will culminate with a fiftieth anniversary celebration of SHAFT (1971). Select films in the program, including SHAFT, will be presented on 35mm, and in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, Chicago Film Archives and Anthology Film Archives, who will be presenting their own Parks retrospective in December 2021. 

Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has presented critically acclaimed cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report , SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Will Be Bonus Outdoor Film in Millennium Park (Chicago, IL.)






Don’t miss “The Dark Knight” this Tuesday, August 31 


WHO:             Presented by the Chicago Film Office, part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) — and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation


WHAT:           DCASE is pleased to announce a third outdoor film in Millennium Park on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation with generous support from the Pritzker Foundation. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or picnic on the Great Lawn to enjoy these remaining movies: “The Dark Knight” (2008, PG-13) and — announced today — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975, R). “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is presented in collaboration with the Music Box Theatre and will include a family-friendly live performance in front of the screen by Midnight Madness Shadowcast. DCASE programming is supported by the Chicago Transit Authority. Free admission, millenniumpark.org


WHERE:         Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)


WHEN:           Tuesdays, August 31 & September 14, 6pm


Updated Schedule:


Tuesday, August 31, 6pm

“The Dark Knight” (2008, PG-13)

This superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman was our 2016 Made In Chicago Audience Choice Winner. It truly showcases Chicago.


Tuesday, September 14, 6pm

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975, R)

For dos, don’ts and DIY Make-at-Home Prop Kit suggestions, visit millenniumpark.org.

This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The film — a bizarre musical co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien — bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings. For 40 years, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film) performed by the excellent Midnight Madness! Details at chicagorockyhorror.com.


About Music Box Theatre:

Operating since 1929, the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films for more than three decades, playing host to over 200,000 patrons annually. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation.


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Millennium Park summer programming also includes 10 genre-defying concerts at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion as part of the Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Mondays through September 13 at 6–8:30pm and Thursdays, September 2–16, at 6–8:30pm). This year’s series is putting Chicago on stage — aligned with the City’s artist relief efforts and featuring a nearly all-Chicago lineup filled with debuts, new works, commissions and special collaborations. The series is also co-curated with a diverse group of Chicago venues, organizations and artists. Upcoming programs include Chicago Sinfonietta Presents: Afrodjia Social Club + Proximity (August 30); Zulema featuring Sones de México Ensemble (September 2); Contemporary Indigenous Voices featuring Leonard Sumner, Lyla June and Tall Paul (September 6); CIVL Summer Concert featuring Neal Francis and band with special guest headliner TBA (September 9); Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra — Homenaje a la Salsa Boricua de Chicago (September 13); and GRAMMY® Legacies and Looking Ahead starring Eighth Blackbird with special guests TBA (September 16). Millennium Park Summer Music Series is presented by the Millennium Park Foundation with support from co-presenting partners BMO Harris Bank, Chicago Free for All Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Northern Trust and In Honor of the Massey Scholars of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCASE programming is supported by the Chicago Transit Authority. Free admission, millenniumpark.org


As part of the citywide “Chicago In Tune” music festival, DCASE will present new and reimagined programs in place of this year’s Gospel music, Jazz, House, and Blues festivals in Millennium Park. Four special evenings at Jay Pritzker Pavilion will honor music born and innovated in Chicago, presented by the Millennium Park Foundation: Gospel music (September 3), Jazz (September 4), House (September 11) and Blues (September 18) — all at 5:30–8:30pm. Free admission, millenniumpark.org


For the health and safety of our visitors and staff, DCASE is taking necessary precautions for all its programs and venues. Plan your visit at millenniumpark.org. Learn more about the City’s response to COVID-19 and its vaccination efforts at chicago.gov/covid.


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Year of Chicago Music

In support of Chicago’s diverse and legendary music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2021 as the “Year of Chicago Music.” This citywide focus on music is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The City of Chicago and its partners working with the local music industry will present “Chicago In Tune” (August 19 – September 19), a new citywide music festival; launch a major marketing campaign for Chicago music; provide additional financial grants for musicians and music projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the music industry. Learn more at chicago.gov/music.


Chicago Film Office

The Chicago Film Office is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and leads the City’s efforts to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries, and all forms of local screen entertainment. For filmmakers, it is a one-stop liaison for all City of Chicago production needs, including permits, City services, and logistical support. For more information, visit chicagofilmoffice.us.


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 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 visitors. For more information, visit chicago.gov/dcase.

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