Works of Dani Leventhal
(Followed by the Nightingale’s
6th Birthday Party)
Friday, April 11th, at 8:00 pm, $7-10
We are so pleased to screen works from Chicago favorite Dani Leventhal, spanning 2010-2014. With her ability to channel tension and beauty within the daily and the extraordinary it will be impossible to look away.
This also marks The Nightingale’s 6th Birthday so we invite all to join us after the screening for a rowdy birthday party! Brian Chankin of ODD OBSESSION will bring the jams! There will be cake and we will premiere the Nightingale 2014 trailer, shot and edited by Ian Curry with sound collected by Jesse Malmed. Also hit us up for those oh so tardy Kickstarter awards (our apologies!).
NIKOLE- 5 minutes 2014
A 27 second clip of Nikole dancing in drag stretched out to 5 minutes.
PLATONIC- 19 minutes 2013
In Dani Leventhal’s Platonic, geometric spectors twirl in space; pet cats foam at the mouth; a little boy mistakes his junkie father for a superhero; and a confused adolescent worries he has sired a centaur. Platonic references both the ancient philosopher’s metaphysics of ideal Forms, which simultaneously exist outside our perceptions and yet give rise to them, and the related meaning in common parlance of non-romantic love. Leventhal trains her searching lens on the distance separating bodies, moments, and perspectives. The result is a study in the awkward gaps between appearance and reality, seeing and understanding, desire and its object. – Anneka Harre
SISTER CITY- 4 minutes 2013
Sister City channels moments of paradoxical experience–of being a superhero or being for sale–into reverberant conduits, articulating natures divided by panes of glass or suspended in watery solitudes. Each shift begets a kind of origin story: one encounter traces the specific azure of a James Turrell installation to a pet shop jellyfish, in another, a modern-day putto purifies a horrific tale by blowing bubbles in a tub. Sister City, like water, seeks its own level; cresting and displacing continuous bursts of life spiritualized, succulent, and ultimately alone. – Deirdre Thompson
17 NEW DAM RD.- 8 minutes 2012
In Dani’s Leventhal’s latest video, 17 New Dam Rd., we are invited along on a house visit with a familial group. There’s trash in the garden, guns on the sofa, and marshall arts in the living room. A photo session records a young woman throwing punches at a man, playacting for the camera, but sweating anyway. A kitten ignores the bullets littered on the ground. Despite the foregrounding of violent pursuits, lost teeth and pool hall fights, there’s a rough camaraderie here, a feeling of loyalty and belonging. – Abina Manning
TIN PRESSED- 6 minutes 2011
Tin Pressed negotiates a balancing act between the bewildering tonal variances of daily life – with all of its unnamable and enchantingly fragmented specifics – and the gravitational urge to construct both private and shared narratives. The world discovered through these images revolves around multiple centers. The camera’s odd equanimity feels both generous and dangerous. Leventhal’s deft oscillation between elision and inclusion reveals a brief but vast taxonomy of beauty, peace, longing, and terror. – Jeremy Hoevenaar
SHAYNE’S RECTANGLE- 5 minutes 2011
In Shayne’s Rectangle, Dani Leventhal’s moving and mysterious prayer for healing, a horse farm and a casual poolside dissection are the nodes between which a series of patiently taken sharp turns maneuver through moods both intimate and detached. The camera pursues, observes, offers, reflects, and is reflected. Things clear and things indistinct interact rhythmically, resonantly, producing a volatile and haunting visual prosody. – Jeremy Hoevenaar
HEARTS ARE TRUMP AGAIN- 9 minutes 2010
By way of lush formal and associative shifts, Hearts Are Trump Again evokes the ever-present tension between seemingly polarized states of experience. Desire and repulsion; freedom and constraint; pain and pleasure find articulation in images of ferocious dogs and mock conversations about childbearing. Tonally complex and viscerally rich, Hearts Are Trump Again is a lyrical exploration of emotional weather. – Brett Price
TRT: 56 min
Dani Leventhal is an assistant professor of drawing at The Ohio State University. In 2009 she received an MFA in film/video from Bard College, in 2003 she received an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has screened her single-channel videos at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center, PS1, Cine Cycle, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Union Docs, VIEWS of the Avant Guard and Anthology Film Archives. Leventhal is a recipient of the Kuzuko Trust, Wexner Center Film/Video Residency, the Milton Avery Fine Arts Award and the Astraea Visual Arts Grant. Her drawings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Vassar, UIC, Earlham College and Yale University.
Filed under: BIRTHDAY PARTY, experimental, video