1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

EVERYTHING SHE WANTS

Recent Work by Claire Arctander
& The Nightingale’s 8th Birthday Party

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, April 1, 8 pm, $7-10


Join us as we celebrate the Nightingale’s 8th year in existence with the video work of one of Chicago’s best party-makers, Claire Arctander. Along with the screening, our birthday will also include an introduction  to the new class of Nightingale programmers, cake, free beers, Nightingale-themed raffle gifts, and a dance party with our friends and loved ones. 

Working across multiple mediums, Arctander joyfully articulates conflicted feminist notions of desire and desirability. Via an investment in and respectful treatment of abject materials and low-brow media outlets- like pop music, home decor, porn, internet phenomena, edibles and consumer ephemera- she posits debasement as a viable position from which to critically operate.  In this screening, we are delighted to premiere  a new work by Arctander entitled Why Have There Been No Great Women Magicians?

One strain of Arctander’s moving image work can be housed squarely in performative video. Completing endurance tasks with exuberance and in colorful environments Arctander supplants performance art’s often dark tone with her own blithe and lavish presence. Using a sustained eye contact with the camera, she creates a dynamic awareness of looking and being looked at. Her femme beauty and generous gaze often suffuse the frame, creating an affective illusion of the work happening in the present moment.  The usual relationship to watching women onscreen is at once indulged and changed – the audience’s innate desire to be seen  answered with confidence and playfulness. -CA & CL

 

Program Details
Please Please Don’t (2012, digital file, 8:25)

Feeding Time (2014, digital file, 2:30)

The Right to Piss in Different Colors, Part 2: Tributes
(2014, digital file, 9:20)

Bloom Where You Are Planted (2013,digital file, 1:43)

Everything She Wants (2011, digital file, 9:31)

Three Scenes from Last Summer (2014, digital file, 3:43)
by Claire Arctander, Rami George & Latham Zearfoss

Why Have There Been No Great Women Magicians?
(2016, digital file, 10:00)

 

Claire Arctander earned a BA in Art Theory and Practice and Gender Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works in the Education Department at the Museum of Contrmporary Art Chicago. She has taught art classes for UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago. In the past she has been a resident at The Cooper Union, Summer Forum, ACRE and Ox-Bow Upcoming Shows include a one-person show at The Nightingale in Chicago, a group show at Weinberg Newton Gallery in Chicago and a group screening at the Mini in Cincinnati. Her practice also encompasses a social-political impulse to bring together and celebrate feminist makers. Arctander often curates and hosts events that showcase others’ work, most often through Crimson Glow, a feminist dance party and performance showcase project created with her often-collaborator Latham Zearfoss.

Programmed by Christy LeMaster



Filed under: BIRTHDAY PARTY, experimental, feminism, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Spring Screening / The Nightingale Turns 7!

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Saturday, April 4, 7 pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.

THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-­length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

The Nightingale will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and  highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film.  Admission price  at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.

The Spring Screening will include moving image work by cast and crew members of  the movie, including work by Stephanie Acosta, Alexia Morinaux, Fannie Sosa & Poussy Draama, Jessica Wienstein, Weléla Kindred, Caitlin Baucom, and Slaveya Minkova, among others.

Party to celebrate The Nightingale’s 7th birthday to follow the screening. We will premiere the 2015 Nightingale trailer made by Jillian Hansen-Lewis.

 

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Filed under: artist in attendance, BIRTHDAY PARTY, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, international, music, narrative, performance, queer, Super 8mm, Uncategorized, video

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