Kathy Lieb of the Spertus Museum of Judaica guides a class from Farragut High School and a Kartemquin Films crew through the Spertus' 1994 exhibition, "Bridges and Boundaries: Chicago Crossings." This particular tape focuses on the work of artists Kerry James Marshall and Gerda Meyer-Bernstein.
0:10Copy video clip URL Kathy Lieb begins talking about Kerry James Marshall’s series of photographs for the show, illuminating the multiple appropriations of the hexagram.
3:05Copy video clip URL Lieb turns the class’ attention to Marshall’s painting before asking the students about gang symbols in their own neighborhoods.
5:35Copy video clip URL Lieb introduces the themes behind Gerda Meyer-Bernstein’s piece, The Phoenix. “For her, the idea of hatred and those differences—us, them—are very, very dangerous,” explains Lieb.
6:50Copy video clip URL Lieb asks the students what words come to mind when looking at Meyer-Bernstein’s piece, drawing responses such as “sharp,” “danger,” and “mess.” The group goes on to talk about the themes of hope and peace that are intrinsic to the piece.
10:48Copy video clip URL The group exits the Bridges and Boundaries exhibit, moving into the permanent collection. B-roll footage of the class moving through the permanent collection makes up the rest of the tape.