Esther Parada and Hamza Walker film and joke with fellow artists Kerry Marshall and Marva Jolly in preparation for their multimedia piece for the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1994 exhibition, "Bridges and Boundaries: Chicago Crossings."
0:30Copy video clip URL Esther Parada and Hamza Walker begin capturing footage of artist Kerry Marshall for their piece in the Spertus show.
2:44Copy video clip URL “This is like my talk show,” jokes Walker, as he and Marshall talk about various local programming TV shows with comedic input courtesy of Kartemquin’s Jerry Blumenthal.
4:20Copy video clip URL Parada explains the “mugshot” aspect of their project that may not make it into the Spertus show.
5:15Copy video clip URL Marshall makes a joke about height codes (color-coded bars often placed vertically next to doors in convenience stores used to help identify suspects). He and Walker then have to explain to Parada what height codes are, as she claims to have never seen one.
7:00Copy video clip URL Walker tells a story about his recent run-in with the police in which he and fellow artist Julia Fish were thought to be suspects in a shooting.
8:10Copy video clip URL Marshall tells a story much like Walker’s in which his father was thought to be a suspect in a shooting in his neighborhood in Los Angeles.
8:52Copy video clip URL Artist Marva Jolly arrives at the studio.
9:42Copy video clip URL Parada begins filming Jolly and explains the process and purpose of her piece. “I’m trying to get equivalent positions for all the people, and then we’ll end up doing some blending. I want to do it just like the Time magazine where they had all the different ethnic and racial types on the x-coordinate and on the y,” Parada explains while referencing the November 18, 1993 issue of Time.
12:35Copy video clip URL Jolly tells the group about Zora Neale Hurston’s time working under anthropologist Franz Boas, aiding in his study of craniometry.
15:07Copy video clip URL Jolly recommends to the group Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. “It’s incredible. No one has used language this way,” raves Jolly.
16:28Copy video clip URL Walker talks about his father, “A wayward Jazz musician looking for a code of conduct, he was a pretty easy target,” he jokes, referencing his father’s (restricted) involvement with the Nation of Islam.
19:25Copy video clip URL Jolly begins talking about “black names,” explaining that she was named after Joe Louis’ wife Marva and, had she been a boy, would have been Joe Louis Jolly.