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  • Remembering Tab Hunter (1931 – 2018)

    Remembering Tab Hunter (1931 – 2018)

    Tab Hunter, iconic 1950s American actor, television host, pop singer, and film producer, passed away on July 8, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 86. Tab Hunter is remembered for his starring roles in feature films such as Battle Cry (1955) and Damn Yankees (1958). Hunter’s stardom expanded with roles in other popular films including two Westerns, The Burning Hills (1956) and The Girl He Left Behind (1956), both played alongside a young Natalie Wood. As a product of the star system in … Continue reading

  • Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community fights Nazis

    Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community fights Nazis

    In honor of the 48th annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which will take place this Sunday in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, we’re looking back at the parade’s early history. Close to 100,000 Chicagoans saw “Pink Triangles Rising” in 1986 on Image Union on Channel 11. It was one of the most controversial shows of the year. Thanks to Dan Dinello for writing this introduction and providing the film! Pink Triangles Rising By Dan Dinello and Tom Corboy, 1982 In 1982, as … Continue reading


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  • Journalist Elizabeth Brackett (1941-2018)

    Journalist Elizabeth Brackett (1941-2018)

    We are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, journalist Elizabeth Brackett. Please read the wonderful tribute by Robert Feder. In 2015, Elizabeth donated her collection of videotapes of her work to Media Burn. It is comprised of 86 tapes from 1978 to 2010. Some of our favorites are below. The first one features Elizabeth reporting on her own personal journey from aspiring Chicago politician to journalist for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on national PBS and Chicago Tonight … Continue reading

  • [Baby Massage]

    [Baby Massage]

    Instructional Tape for giving an infant massage with Denise Pound. Continue reading

  • Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” Painting Sells for $21.1 Million

    Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” Painting Sells for $21.1 Million

    This May, Kerry James Marshall’s painting Past Times sold for more than $21 million, making it the most expensive artwork sold by a living African American artist. Marshall is known for his various works in different media (painting, collage, video, etc.) that portray and comment on the history of black identity in the United States and in Western artwork. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Watts, Los Angeles when the acknowledgment of pervasive discrimination against African Americans and … Continue reading

  • [Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries followup]

    [Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries followup]

    A documentary produced by Kartemquin Films made to accompany the Spertus Museum of Judaica’s 1994 exhibition in which six African-American artists and six Jewish-American artists collaborated on a group show. Features interviews with many of the artists, footage from the exhibition including interviews with patrons, as well as interviews with Morry Fred (Director of the Spertus Museum) and Raymon Price (Director of the DuSable Museum of African-American History). Continue reading

  • Make a big impact on Media Burn artists project

    Make a big impact on Media Burn artists project

    We’re thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has finalized their commitment to Media Burn of $15,000 through the Art Works program. Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. As part of our project, we have selected two Artists-in-Residence for 2018: Nancy Buchanan is a video artist who helped produce the LA-based Message … Continue reading