Chicago’s Black Arts Movement in Film: Art Worlds of the South Side
Sep. 15, , 2018
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The short films in “Art Worlds of the South Side,” all of which have been recently discovered or rediscovered, document the spaces and grassroots institutions of art on the South Side of Chicago, in particular honoring the work of Dr. Margaret Burroughs. “NAACP March” (28 min.) intersperses footage of an NAACP march protesting the murder of Medgar Evers with shots of the Lake Meadows Art Fair, founded by Margaret Burroughs. “Ebony Museum” (1963, 6 min.) and “DuSable Museum” (1971, 8 min.) were shot by Margaret Burroughs in the then-Ebony Museum of African Art and History in Burroughs’s home, and later at the DuSable Museum. Black Pride (1968, 8 min. clip), a WGN documentary written by Hoyt Fuller and with legendary Chicago filmmaker Ron Pitts and OBAC members Edward Christmas and Roy Lewis as camera operators, the film travels through South Side cultural spaces including the DuSable Museum and Zambezi Artists Guild in South Shore.
Post-screening discussion with Skyla Hearn, archivist at the DuSable Museum, and Candace Ming, archivist at the South Side Home Movie Project.
Part of South Side Projections’ film series The Black Arts Movement in Film, which is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Black Arts Movement in Film is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Learn more at artdesignchicago.org.