The Matter of City Life: Archibald Motley Film Series at the Chicago Cultural Center

A film series complementing the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, organized by Black Cinema House advisor Romi Crawford. The films explore 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. The screening will be followed by discussion with a local filmmaker, artist, or scholar.
Manhatta (Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, 1921) An experimental film comprised of 65 shots, which evoke the progression of a day in the city of New York.

Études sur Paris (André Sauvage, 1928) Considered a “city symphony” film of Paris in the 1920s. It offers a poetic and experimental portrait of the city.

Bronzeville selections from the Don McIlvaine Collection (In collaboration with Chicago Film Archives) Short film clips shot by Chicago artist and muralist Don McIlvaine. It features scenes from the city of Chicago’s Lawndale and Bronzeville neighborhoods, including mural works in progress and scenes from McIlvaine’s “Art and Soul” classroom in Lawndale.

Boogie Woogie Dream (Hanus Burger, 1944) Starring Lena Horne and musicians Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Teddy Wilson, as the kitchen help at an urban nightclub who take part in an after hours jam session.

This event takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.