Join The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, the University of Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for this free screening and discussion program.
Discussion with Filmmakers: 9:30p
As part of the free public series, Truth in Motion: A Retrospective of Kartemquin Films, please join us for a free screening of Kartemquin’s Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (82 minutes). Susan Gzesh, Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, and Lisa Lee, Director of the Public Square, will welcome Stuart Klawans of The Nation who will introduce the film. A moderated discussion will follow with the filmmakers, Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn and Stuart Klawans, film critic at The Nation.
With Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes Kartemquin Films completes its two-decade chronicle of the work and times of the American artist, Leon Golub. Begun in 1985, the film ends with Golub’s death in 2004. Golub continued in his later paintings to “report” on what’s going on in the world, still trying to “tag our society,” as he puts it…but he does it with the kind of dissonances and discontinuities that led Theodor Adorno in his essay on Beethoven to proclaim, “In the history of art, late works are the catastrophes.” Released in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandals and the 24-hour news barrage of war, fear, and terror, Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes is a powerful look at how we experience images of torture and the abuse of power.
Jonathan Rosenbaum described an earlier, shorter version of the film as “virtually perfect, conveying the
exhilarating sense that art is inseparable from the world that engenders it and the world that receives it.”
Truth In Motion: A Retrospective of Kartemquin Films is sponsored by The University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, the Film Studies Center, Presidential Fellow in the Arts Program, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with the support of The Public Square at the IHC. For registration, film descriptions, and more information on this free public series please visit The University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program and Kartemquin Films.
This event is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited. Reservations are recommended and can be
made at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.422.5580.
For more information, please contact Catherine Chandler at 312.422.5580.