[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 5; Gerda M. Bernstein]


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Artist Gerda Meyer-Bernstein gathering broken glass from dumpsters at Smith Glass. She discusses her project as she gathers glass.

0:05Copy video clip URL B-roll footage sans audio of the Chicago skyline taken outside of Smith Glass Co. located at 15th and Halsted.

1:45Copy video clip URL Color bars.

2:24Copy video clip URL Footage of men working taken from inside Smith Glass, as well as footage of Gerda Meyer-Bernstein and her assistant Ben arriving outside.

4:36Copy video clip URL Meyer-Bernstein and Ben gather glass from a dumpster inside Smith Glass as she explains to the Kartemquin crew her vision for her piece.

14:30Copy video clip URL While continuing to collect glass pieces, Meyer-Bernstein discusses her current piece in the Art Institute of Chicago and explains her process for gathering materials.

17:40Copy video clip URL Charles, the owner of Smith Glass, explains that quite a few artists ask to dig through their dumpsters in search of materials for their work. Meyer-Bernstein references the importance of cleaning the glass. While Charles and Meyer-Bernstein talk, we learn a bit about the history of Gerda’s career.

21:01Copy video clip URL Tape end.



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