Feb 11th 2021

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

FREE / Live captions

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.

Two entries from Clarke’s One-on-One project (1991-92), a revelatory series of video dialogues between inmates at the California Institute for Men in Chino, members of the Church In Ocean Park in Santa Monica, and a group of Crenshaw residents in Los Angeles, stream in the Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema February 8–14 and February 11–16.

Presented in partnership with the Video Data Bank.


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.  Clarke began her career as part of Tee Pee Video Space Troupe (1969–75), conceived by her mother, the experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke. In the years since, she has produced numerous large-scale interactive video installations, projects, and tapes, including the Love Tapes (1977–2011), a decades-long series in which she recorded more than 2,500 people around the globe reflecting on their feelings about love, The Link (1984, and One on One (1991–92), among many others. These projects have been broadcast on public television throughout the US and exhibited in institutions and events throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford; Anthology Film Archives, New York; World Trade Center, New York; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Exploratorium, San Francisco; Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Mondial du Theatre, France; Rio/Fest, Brazil; Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; and Artpark in New York, among many others. She has been the subject of recent retrospectives at Anthology Film Archives, Filmforum in LA, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and at LUX in London. In addition to her art practice, Clarke is a trained art therapist and Tao cultivator.

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