Screening will be followed by a conversation between Lawrence Andrews and Emily Martin, Distribution Manager, Video Data Bank. FREE SAIC student tickets will be released Sunday, October 8th.

Thursday, October 12, 6:00 p.m. | Enthralling in form and vision, Lawrence Andrews’ works are kaleidoscopic explorations of Blackness through mass media and popular culture. In the genre-defying imageless video mythicPotentialities (2019), Andrews examines the murder of Emmett Till, the trial that followed, and the ways these events have been mediated through civil rights documentaries like EYES ON THE PRIZE (1993). Focusing on Till’s great uncle Moses Wright, who testified at the trial, Andrews asks what happens when we imagine Wright’s life beyond the limited events that came to define him.

Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Video Data Bank.

About the artist

Lawrence Andrews’s practice spans video, photography, and installation. Employing multi-layered strategies of appropriation, he often focuses on media and culture, suggesting that “culture is all we are as people; we speak about it, look at ourselves through it, and ultimately change because of it.” Andrews’s work has shown extensively throughout the US and internationally on television, at major film festivals, and in museums and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and the American Film Institute, Los Angeles; among others. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a Rockefeller Intercultural Documentary Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships.


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SAIC Student Tickets

All CATE programs are free for SAIC students. Unless otherwise noted, SAIC student tickets are released five days prior to showtime. Tickets must be picked up in person from the Gene Siskel Film Center box office. A student ID is required.

Member Series Pass: Attend the series at a discounted rate - exclusively for Film Center members. The pass provides access to all eight screenings, with artists in conversation, for a special $40 rate. 

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