In partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center, Black Cinema House is proud to present “Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film,” a three-part film series curated by Dr. Romi Crawford (Black Cinema House advisory committee member) that complements the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and explores how the formal and thematic concerns of filmmakers from the 1920s-1940s — including uses of light and color, images of city life, and portraits of race — align with the formal and thematic endeavors of the painter Archibald Motley. Each event consists of a screening followed by a brief response by a local filmmaker, artist, or scholar. The second of two installments of this series will take place at Black Cinema House, while the third and final screening will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Part 2: Material Effects: Light, Color, and Sound
La Revue des Revues (Joe Francis, 1927, 103 minutes, DVD) A color-tinted film from 1927 about an ambitious Parisian music hall dancer. A highlight is Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston.
St. Louis Blues (Dudley Murphy, 1929, 16 min, DVD) A film short featuring Bessie Smith in a speakeasy setting singing the popular W.C. Handy song, “St. Louis Blues,” after finding out about her husband’s philandering.
Doors open at 3:30pm. Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Please note that we cannot guarantee seats for attendees who do not RSVP.