Archival Screening and Book Launch
Presented by threewalls


Saturday, March 29th at 7:00 pm

The Nightingale and Threewalls are pleased to host the Chicago launch of the new book, LEARNING BY DOING AT THE FARM by presenting a program of three films from University of California, Irvine’s Special Collections: The screening will be followed by a discussion with the book’s editors, Robert Kett and Anna Kryczka.

About The Farm:
In 1968, faculty from the University of California, Irvine’s Social Sciences Division began a short-lived pedagogical experiment in intercultural exchange and scientific/artistic learning through practice that brought indigenous craftspeople from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to live, teach, and be studied on the undeveloped edges of the newly-built California Brutalist campus. Through previously unpublished archival documentation, Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California (recently published by Chicago-based Soberscove Press) offers access to the initial dreams of what the Farm could become and the collaborations–and commune–that eventually came to pass.


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Recent Experimental Films by Richard Tuohy
DIY & Handmade Cinema from Australia!
Richard Tuohy in Person!


Thursday, March 20 at  7:30pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is excited to present Australian experimental filmmaker Richard Tuohy in person, who will screen a program of his vibrant and stunning diy/handmade/hand-processed 16mm work. Tuohy hasn’t so much rejected digital as he has embraced celluloid, and his work vividly demonstrates that extraordinary things can be done in these days of dwindling film stock options and closing labs with hands-on techniques and processes.

“While these works cover a range of techniques, strategies and visual themes, they each share the same tenacious experimental unfolding of a set of abstract possibilities from out of singular visual ideas, much as might a set of theme and variations musical studies. These works collectively represent a distinctively cinematic experience, wrestled from mundane objects and salvaged film industry equipment. More visual then cerebral, these pictures move, and with an energy unique to film. This program presents seven hand-processed and d-i-y printed 16mm film works from Tuohy’s recent output. The films, though diverse, are all highly abstract and tightly structured and share a fascination with the visual possibilities of basic traditional film technology. Tuohy is very much a part of the ‘dirty hands’ co-hort of film artists.”


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Four Programs of Chicago Made Work
Over Four Weeks!

cinema bluray card

March 14th – April 10th at MCA CHICAGO

VIEWING EVENT on Saturday April 5th at MCA
1:00 pm- CINEMA Program Screening

As regular visitors to this site know, The NIGHTINGALE is a rough-and-ready microcinema located in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. Dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres, it hosts more than 50 events a year and serves as a hub for Chicago’s vibrant cinema community. From mid-March to mid-April, dozens of Chicago-based artists and fourteen local programmers organize under quick timelines and loose thematic guides to inhabit a monitor on fourth floor of the MCA. Cribbing from its six-year presentation history, The Nightingale’s collaborative staff will refresh the program once a week under the titles,

ROUGH (March 14-20),
READY (March 25-27),
MICRO (March 28-April 3) and
CINEMA (April 4-10).


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Recent Video Work by Jean-Paul Kelly



Friday, February 21st at 7:00 pm, $7-10

Jean-Paul Kelly’s works are simultaneously critical and sensory, built in layers of appropriated/recreated documentary sources. Kelly challenges traditional modes of representation, and how we perceive the world – physically, intellectually, and emotionally – is often at stake in his work. Even in his most grounded examinations of economic difficulty, human tragedy, and environmental disaster, Kelly embeds abstract elements – providing not only an emotionally rich tonal palette but also a much-needed fresh critical frame on the nature of documentary representation.

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