Jennifer Reeder for Trunk Show

Exhibition Opening & Video Mixtape


Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Trunk Show, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project directed and driven by Raven Falquez Munsell and Nightingale programmer Jesse Malmed, is elated to return to the cinema. Its first opening, all the way back in 2013, was gleefully rained out of the park and into the Nightingale. That was for Eric Fleischauer’s now sold-out PUNK IS DAD sticker, which might have more to do with this one than you’d think.

In addition to releasing the sticker, snacking on the snacks and all the usual wonderful things that happen at Trunk Show openings, Jennifer Reeder is going to unveil a video mixtape of sorts revealing moments that have stuck with her and that have made their ways into and out of her films.

Here’s what Trunk Show has to say:

Sometimes life is heavy. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t also funny and beautiful and, even, light. Usually when some wiseacre says “that’s life” they don’t mean for you to consider existence in all of its vastness. Sometimes they do.

As evinced by Bryce Wilner’s sticker back in August, Trunk Show believes in transparency. So let’s start there: Jennifer Reeder was Jesse’s advisor in graduate school. She is the mother of three boys. She grew up in Columbus. She lives in Hammond. She works in Chicago. She is mostly a filmmaker and mostly those films are really excellent. Last year’s just showed at Sundance; this year’s premiered at the Berlinale. Her films are about people and usually those people are women and mostly, recently, those women are teenage girls. The films are sad and funny, smart and rebellious, fierce and tender. They’re also littered with the quasi-autobiographical and countercultural details that enable art direction to feel closer to directed art.

Her piece for Trunk Show borrows a phrase from a litany penned by dearly departed queer artist Mark Aguhar. It is also a reminder that life is here and then it’s over, that death bears with it a tremendous power. At the same time, what is more ubiquitous or quotidian than death? It’s the ultimate spoiler alert; the thing that unites everyone reading this, everyone not reading this. If some mornings the only lyric ringing is Frank O’Hara’s no more dying other days it’s remember death.

As part of our opening, Reeder has put together a video mixtape of her own work nestled amidst moments that have stuck with her. It’s the phrase that finds its way into the film that becomes a sticker. It’s the melody that gets stuck in your head that no matter how many times you sing it won’t leave, but grows to become your own. Come to the Nightingale, come watch things, come see the affixing, come to remember.

If you haven’t yet, we urge you to see Philip “no lottery in heaven” von Zweck’s other exhibition, fourteen landscapes or all everyone wants to talk about is the end of the world at 65GRAND through April 4.  It’s a doozy, so do the least you can do and do see it.

Other recent dos and sees: Newcity graciously listed us in their Top 5 of Everything, we were featured in Chicago Reader here and we still have a few subscriptions available for the (now half over) 2014-15 season. They’re still a steal at only $50 ($60 if you want to use the USPS instead of the you-just-see-us)!


Jennifer Reeder is a Hammond, IN-based filmmaker, artist and educator. Her films—dark, funny, raw, and often semi-autobiographical—trace and expose pivotal lived moments in the lives of defiant female protagonists. In addition to her filmmaking, Reeder is co-founder of Tracers Book Club, a feminist event-based program that  values inclusivity in conversations about feminism and gender and race equality. Her work has shown extensively at national and international film festivals and screening venues including: Ann Arbor Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Stuttgart FilmWinter, Dokfest Kassel, New Filmmakers LA/NY, The New York Video Festival, at The Lincoln Center; Double Heart/Hear the Art, at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria; The 2000 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art; In the Middle of Nowhere at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Generation Z at P.S.1, New York; The 48th International Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy. She earned her BFA from Ohio State University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently serves as an Associate Professor in Moving Image and the Head of the Art Department in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. http://www.thejenniferreeder.com/


TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space usually located in Chicago. Following in the rich tradition of Chicago’s apartment, alternative and creative exhibition spaces, Trunk Show is committed to challenging exhibition forms through its unique program. We feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for five dollars each and by annual subscription (we’re now taking subscribers for our second season of programming September 2014 to August 2015). Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, radio jams, and road snacks. Newcity named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.


Upcoming artists include Davielle Lakind, Lilli Carré and Edie Fake.

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