[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 62; Gallery Interviews]

A video crew from Kartemquin films records a number of interviews with people attending the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1992 exhibition "Bridges and Boundaries."

0:00Copy video clip URL Bars and tone.

1:00Copy video clip URL The Kartemquin crew interviews a woman from Germany who is looking at Joel Feldman’s pieces. She gives her idea of what the work might mean, and comments about some of the other pieces in the exhibition. She also talks a little bit about her own artwork.

10:40Copy video clip URL The crew interviews a teacher and students who are looking at Gerda Meyer-Bernstein’s work “The Phoenix.” The teacher talks about how at first, he just thought it showed destruction, “but I guess if you think about it a little bit, even out of a broken piece of window or mirror, you can find something useful and make something useful out of it in a positive way.” When asked about the light, the student talks about how it might show how these issues are often out of focus or in the dark, and only sometimes do they really come to focus so we can actually see it.

14:55Copy video clip URL The cameraman gathers some b-roll of Meyer-Bernstein’s piece, then gathers more footage of the exhibition.

18:56Copy video clip URL A man talks about Kerry James Marshall’s piece and his familiarity with the gang use of the six-pointed star. He says he never really considered the connection between the gang symbol and Judaism. He says the gang that uses the symbol is the Disciples, which has its own religious connotations. He says he never stopped to think about it, and also talks about his surprise at seeing the gang graffiti appear in a gallery.

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