The
Renaissance
Society

at The University of Chicago
 

Herbert Brandl, Franz West, Otto Zitko

May 09 – June 04, 1990

 
 
Wed, May 9, 19905:00 pm

Opening Reception


Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free
 
Fri, May 11, 19906:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Austrian Art: Its Traditions and Perceptions on the International Scene

Location: Navy Pier
Admission: free
 
In conjunction with its exhibition of Austrian artists Herbert Brandl, Franz West, and Otto Zitko, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents a panel discussion on the rich tradition of Austrian art-making. Panel members include Dr. Helmut Draxler, Austrian art historian, Vienna; Jan Hoet, Director of the Museum Van Hedendiagse Kunst, Ghent, and Director of Documenta 9; Dr. Wilfried Skreiner, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Joanneum Graz, Austria; Dr. Annelie Pohlen, Director of the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; and Denys Zacharapoulos, Professor of Art Theory at the School of Visual Arts, Geneva, and co-curator of Documenta 9.
The panel will address the possibility of Austrian painting, drawing, and sculpture being sufficiently appreciated and understood in broader European and American contexts. The sensuous complexity and psychological specificity of Austrian art suggests that its deeper significance does not translate into the cultural diversity of the Western world. Panel members will formally discuss this artistic phenomenon, as well as measure its continued relevance and survival in light of recent developments in Eastern Europe and the European Common Market coming in 1992.

This event is in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Institute, The Lakeside Group, and the 11th annual Chicago International Art Exposition.
 
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Wed, May 23, 19907:00 pm

Reading Group


Location: The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
Admission: free
 
The ninth session of the Reading Group--an ongoing, informal, and free public forum for discussing articles of recent cultural interest--will take place Wednesday, May 23, at the Smart Museum of Art. The topic discussed will be The Sigmund Freud Antiquities, an exhibition of the various and eclectic archeological objects the renowned psychologist collected throughout his life, currently on view at the Smart Museum.

The next meeting of the Reading Group will be a cook-out at the home of Regent Pellerin. The topic for the session will be cartoonist Art Spiegelman's Raw magazine. This will be the final session for this exhibition season. The Reading Group will re-group, as it were, in September.
 
Sat, May 26, 19906:00 pm

Screening

Caracas, 1989
Michael Shottenberg

Location: The Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Admission: free
 
"Making a film is an act of treachery; it obliges an innocent person to stay in a room and to listen without contradicting me, for two hours." filmmkaer Michael Shottenberg

"An evil film for an evil audience." Variety

Shottenberg's dark film, revolves around a middle-aged couple who run a diner and gas station. The husband, humiliated by his wife's constant trysts with the customers, plans to kill her, replace her with a look-alike hooker, and escape with the receipts to Caracas. The perfect murder turns messy as the plot plays out with a thriller twist.

Caracas will also be shown Sunday, May 27, at 6:00 pm.

This is part of the film series Recent Austrian Films at the Film Center of the Art Institute.
 
Sat, May 26, 19908:00 pm

Screening

Malaria, 1982
Niki List

Location: The Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Admission: free
 
"List's film is a breath of fresh air (and ) very very funny." Variety

Set in the microcosm of an early-night spot in a dreary suburb, a young woman bartender prepares drinks before the patrons even arrive. Her concoctions are full of personal venom (and other odd ingredients), she greets patrons ranging from the femme fatale, to the country hick, to academic Marxist hotheads. Shining with pop icons, this film is filled with sight gags, little dialogue, and an enthusiastic tone.

This is part of the film series Recent Austrian Films at the Film Center of the Art Institute.
 
Tue, May 29, 19906:00 pm

Screening

The Scorpion Woman, 1989
Susanne Zanke

Location: The Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Admission: free
 
Lisa is a judge, a 44-year-old divorcee, and lives with Georg. For the past seven years she has had a weekend relationship with Felix, an architect and town planner. In Lisa's courtroom, the history of a crime of passion is currently unfolding. The defendant is a middle-aged woman who was involved witha teenage boy. When the youth tried to leave her, the woman viciously attacked him. Lisa's feelings about the case begin to change when she is assigned a young law trainee and falls in love; she must now sit in judgement of herself and her young lover.

This is part of the film series Recent Austrian Films at the Film Center of the Art Institute.
 

   
   
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