[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 67; Gallery Interviews]

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Kartemquin films records b-roll and impromptu interviews with attendees of the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1992 exhibition "Bridges and Boundaries."

0:00Copy video clip URL The video crew records b-roll of people as they explore the exhibition.

2:36Copy video clip URL A woman comments on the symbolism in Joel Feldman’s work, and how it represents differences or hierarchies of power. She’s not sure how it relates to the relationship between Blacks and Jews, because she doesn’t think either is currently in power. She moves on to some of the paintings by John Rozelle. She says her initial response to the piece is more at a visual level, since she’s a visual artist, and so she needs more time to think about the deeper concepts.

6:40Copy video clip URL The camera records b-roll of a Muslim woman looking at Edith Altman’s piece. They continue to record her as she moves through the exhibition.

13:04Copy video clip URL Blumenthal interviews the woman about her opinion of the show. She says she doesn’t entirely understand where the problems between Jews and blacks might have come from, unlike the more easily delineated divisions between Jews and Muslims. “Why would [black people] target the Jewish people [as white people] and not the Baptist, the Christians?” Blumenthal talks about how Jews and blacks have often occupied the same neighborhoods, where the image is that the Jews are the landlords and store-owners. The woman compares that with the situation with Korean store-owners in Los Angeles. “Religiously, we’re all [Christians, Jews, and Muslims] so close that all these problems… seem ridiculous to me sometimes.”

17:17Copy video clip URL More b-roll of the exhibition, focusing mostly on a tour group. The audio is quiet and often indistinct, as the tour guide seems to be far away from the microphone.