Media artist Kevin Jerome Everson presents a selection of new work, including the Chicago premiere of Auditioning for Nathaniel (2016), in which famous actor Nathaniel Jitahadi Taylor waxes poetically to dancers, painters, actors and filmmakers. Screening will be followed by a conversation with Everson and Terri Francis, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies/The Media School at Indiana University.
Screening list (72 minutes):
Auditioning for Nathaniel (2016, HD/super-8, 13:30 min)
Chicago premiere! Auditioning for Nathaniel has famous actor Nathaniel Jitahadi Taylor waxing poetically to dancers, painters, actors and filmmakers.
Ears, Nose and Throat (2016, 16mm, 10:30 min)
During an ear, nose and throat examination, Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event she eyewitnessed.
Lost Nothing (2016, Super-8, 3:30 min)
Lost Nothing is the subject Willie James Crittenden waxes poetically about.
Kevin Jerome Everson is an artist and filmmaker that makes work surrounding the lives and conditions of working class African Americans and people of African descent. He simultaneously uses documentary and abstract formal elements to create contemporary narratives surrounding socio-economic circumstances, everyday actions and theatrical gestures. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His artwork–paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, photographs, and films, (including five features and over seventy short form works), have been exhibited internationally at museums and art institutions, including the Centre Pompidou; Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Whitechapel Gallery. Everson’s films have also screened at numerous international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Everson has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, and Creative Capital and an American Academy Rome Prize.
This program presented in conjunction with Gallery 400 and the University of Illinois at Chicago, presenting the midwest premiere of Everson’s film Park Lanes (2015), an eight-hour film that follows workers in a Virginia factory from clock-in to clock-out, from 9am-5pm on Saturday, April 2, followed by a conversation with Everson at 6pm.
Photo credit: Copyright KJE; courtesy the artist; Trilobite-Arts DAC; Picture Palace Pictures