Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries

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Date: 1994; Running time: 23 minutes; Filmmakers: Chela Blitt, Jerry Blumenthal, Fenell Doremus, Jim Fetterley, Annette Gryniewicz, Jim Morrissette, Bob Musker, Mirko Popodic, Francine Pope, Eric Salus, Edward Scott, Rana Segal, Gordon Quinn, and Jim White. Produced by Kartemquin Films

Shot in conjunction with the Spertus Museum of Judaica’s art exhibition of the same name, “Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries” captures the artists as they think about and create artwork based on the exhibition’s theme—the relationship between blacks and Jews in contemporary America.

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We have digitally preserved Kartemquin’s collection of archival videotapes concerning the Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries gallery exhibition and related projects.

In 1994, the Spertus Museum of Judaica brought together six black artists and six Jewish artists to create new work for an ambitious art exhibition. Continue reading →

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Edith Altman

Othello Anderson

Joel Feldman

Marva Jolly

Kerry James Marshall

Gerda Meyer-Bernstein

Esther Parada

John Rozelle

Hamza Walker (Sonny Venice)

Fan Warren

John Pitman Weber

Claire Wolf Krantz

Roundtable meeting on exhibition plans

Opening reception for the exhibition

The symposium

School tours of the exhibition

Patrons’ reactions to the exhibition

The student mural project

Passersby react to the student mural

Exhibition post-mortems with Morrie Fred and Ray Price

B-roll of artwork

The creative process

1960s Civil Rights Movement and Jewish involvement

Holocaust

Slavery

Ku Klux Klan

Louis Farrakhan and anti-Semitism

Chicago gang history

Stereotypes