October 16 at 2:45pm | This striking portrait chronicles the career of the elusive African American artist and provocateur David Hammons. Born in Springfield, Ill., Hammons emerged as a powerful aesthetic force out of L.A.’s Watts Rebellion in 1965 and grew to become a globally recognized, category-defying figure whose radical work - featuring, among other things, brown paper bags, fried chicken wings, and snowballs - was rooted in a deep critique of American society and the art world elite. As Manthia Diawara once wrote in Artforum, “Like the work of his heroes Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk, Hammons’ art is decidedly anti-art.” Featuring eminent artists and curators, a trove of archival footage and animated sequences, and an evocative soundscape, THE MELT GOES ON FOREVER paints a rich and illuminating picture of one of the most singular artists of our time.
Chicago International Film Festival at GSFC: The Gene Siskel Film Center is proud to again partner with the 58th Chicago International Film Festival to present nineteen feature films from around the world, ranging from moving, life-affirming dramas to eye-opening documentaries. The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival. Catch this year's festival on the big screen at the Film Center and other venues around Chicago. View full program here.
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