3/8/20: “Here is A Man Who Stood Up”: An Afternoon With Ed Paschke

A Chicago Lost and Found event hosted by Paul Durica, with Jamie Ceaser, Jason Nargis, and Tom Palazzolo in person!

Watch a brief recap, or watch the full event below.

Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Ed Paschke Art Center
5415 W Higgins Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

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“Here Is a Man Who Stood Up” was an immersive experience that used archival objects, never-before-seen footage, and one-time-only re-stagings to animate the life and work of lifelong Chicago artist Ed Paschke.

Paschke (1939-2004) was known for his dark version of Pop Art, which featured American icons painted in nightmarish, lurid neon colors. “Here is a man who would not take it any more… Here is a man who stood up” from 1976’s Taxi Driver  served as Paschke’s answering machine message. That movie’s disturbed and lonely protagonist, Travis Bickle, resembled the elements of society that fascinated Paschke throughout his life and found expression in his art. 

“Here is a Man Who Stood Up” was hosted by Paul Durica, Director of Exhibitions at the Newberry Library, and featured rare archival items and ephemera presented by Northwestern University’s Jason Nargis; screenings of Tommy “Chicago” Palazzolo’s short film The Tattooed Lady of Riverview and Chicago-based producer Jamie Ceaser’s documentary Ed Paschke: The Artist Behind the Mask; and a “virtual” true crime tour inspired by Paschke and led by Durica.

Anchoring the event and framing these activities was newly discovered and restored footage of Paschke produced by Ceaser. The footage follows Paschke around Chicago as he narrates the seamy history that has taken place on ordinary streets and offers a chance to engage with the man himself and his cultural preoccupations.

“Here is a Man Who Stood Up” is part of Media Burn Archive’s Chicago Lost & Found series. Media Burn is a nonprofit in Chicago that collects, restores and distributes documentary video created by artists, activists and community groups. Its mission is to use archival media to deepen context and encourage critical thought through a social justice lens. 

Partnering on the event is Pentimenti, a film production company and nonprofit arts organization in the city of Chicago with a mission to produce and distribute high-quality educational documentaries on the visual arts.The inaugural project of Pentimenti Productions is the documentary Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, the first feature film presentation of the work and history of the group of artists who have come to be known as the Chicago Imagists.

The mission of the Ed Paschke Art Center is to preserve and provide public access to the work of legendary Ed Paschke; to serve as an educational resource for youth, adults, artists and academics; and to function as an accessible platform for artists to showcase their work.

Chicago Lost & Found is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.



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