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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Eva Hesse

2016, Marcie Begleiter, USA/Germany, 105 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 10th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 10th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jun 11th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jun 12th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Jun 13th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Jun 14th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jun 15th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 16th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 16th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere! Karen Shapiro in person!

"EVA HESSE pays a gratifying amount of attention to the thinking and the techniques that produced her art, and invites viewers to contemplate it further. It’s like a comprehensive exhibition catalog or a thorough critical essay — an indispensable aid to understanding and appreciating a fascinating artist." — A. O. Scott, The New York Times

The short, brilliant, and glass ceiling-breaking life of German-born post-minimalist sculptor Eva Hesse, one of the few women to command the respect of the male-dominated Sixties’ art establishment, is profiled in this wide-ranging documentary. Beginning with Hesse’s escape from Nazi Germany in a Kindertransport, the film details intimately the growth of a whirlwind career in which she created wildly imaginative and evocative abstract work, pioneering the use of industrial materials including latex, fiberglass, and plastics, before dying of a brain tumor at the age of 34. Excerpts from Hesse’s journals and letters provide an unprecedented view of her close relationships with confidants including fellow artist Sol LeWitt. The art is front and center, and interviews include artists Dan Graham, Richard Serra, Nancy Holt, Carl Andre, critic Lucy Lippard, and more. DCP digital. (BS)

JUNE 10 & 11: Producer Karen Shapiro will be present for audience discussion at all shows on Friday and Saturday.

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