Thursday, October 26, 2000

“Glimpses of Stories That Refuse to Be Told”

New Work by Women of the Chicago Art Institute

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Tonight we present three visually stunning and formally audacious films made by women who studied or teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Siegel’s The Sleepers hauntingly orchestrates a series of voyeuristic glimpses into the windows of a Chicago night; Lapp and Perlin’s Happy Are the Happy combines anecdotes told by a variety of people living in Prague, including refugees from ex-Yugoslavia and concentration camp survivors. Part meditation on a woman’s midlife search for meaning, part essay on and experiment in cinematic form, Michele Fleming’s Life/Expectancy creates a rich visual and conceptual tapestry of autobiography. Provocative and seductive, each of these films gives us, in Fleming’s words, a “glimpse of stories that refuse to be told.” (I. Leimbacher)