Sep 21st 2016

The film Conceptual Paradise examines the debates that allowed the intellectual movement of Conceptual Art to emerge in the late 1960s. Director Roemer engages in a series of in-depth exchanges with the world’s most prominent conceptual artists in a film that makes up a veritable history of art without an object. Through intellectual and witty conversations, the film establishes the fluid and ever-changing nature of the theory and practice of conceptual art, even as it suggests that the art of the documentary is equally fluid in its form. Interviews include: Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Yoko Ono, Gregg Bordowitz, Valie Export, Andrea Fraser, Hartmut Bitomsky, Vito Acconci, and many more. Presented on cooperation with Expo Chicago and the Goethe-Institut, Chicago. In English and German with English subtitles.

The screening will be accompanied with an introduction by Stefan Römer, Director of the film, and followed by a brief discussion between Römer and Matthew Wittkovsky, the Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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This screening is presented as part of the ART & LANGUAGE Symposium at EXPO CHICAGO on Friday, September 23.

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