Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul (1942-2018)

Aretha Franklin, legendary Queen of Soul most famous for her recording of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” died today at age 76.

In 1992, Franklin memorably opened the Democratic National Convention by singing the national anthem. This footage was preserved by Media Burn with support from the Save America’s Treasures program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. It is part of The 90’s Election Specials collection of more than 120 hours of footage documenting the 1992 election.

Join us at Comfort Station August 21!


What: Screening: Public Art, Past & Present

When: Tuesday, August 21st, 8:00pm

Where: Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee

Cost: free!

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The second installment of Pentimenti Productions ongoing partnership with Media Burn Independent Video Archive, Public Art, Past & Present is a special screening of short documentaries about public art, hosted at the Logan Square multi-disciplinary space, Comfort Station.

The Monumental Art of Marc Chagall (1974, Chuck Olin) follows the titular French artist as he creates the Four Seasons Mosaic. Director Chuck Olin uses the style of direct cinema along with interviews, to show Chagall’s artistic process, and the evolution of his piece from model to its final unveiling in Chicago. Produced for the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, Chicago’s Miró (1981, Terry Moyemont) provides an overview of the surrealist’s life and work, while chronicling the creation of the famous statue, Joan Miró Chicago. These two films, both courtesy of the Media Burn Archive, will be followed by three short pieces by acclaimed local artist Maria Gaspar made for her 96 Acres project, including: Not Just Another Day (2015), PARK (2016), and Stories from the Inside/Outside (2015). The juxtaposition of these two bodies of work will create a fruitful post-screening discussion between Maria Gaspar and Pentimenti sterographer and Media Burn board member Ben Kolak about the evolving role of public art in Chicago, questions about its intended audience, issues of place & access, and more.



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