Kinos, underground, private avant-garde art and film clubs popular in Soviet Russia during the 1920s and 30s, often presented art work and discussion deemed too political, experimental, or artistically challenging for general distribution. Chicago-based artist and film curator Sarah Best opens the studio doors as an artist in residence at the Art Center to create a salon-style environment evoking these kinos or art clubs, showcasing a series of events, film screenings, live performances, and literary readings, with open studio time for extended conversation. A carefully curated, rare selection of dance films will be on view, in 3 groups titled Revolutions and Revelations, Women and Men, and Utopias and Dystopias. The films were complemented by over 15 dynamic, free-to-the-public programs and performances. Best aimed to activate the studio space, cultivating an experience of movie-watching, discussion, and art-viewing that emphasizes community and celebration.
Sarah Best received a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and has continued her education in Chicago with Goat Island Performance Group, Morganville, Sprung Physical Theatre, Redmoon Theater, Lillstreet Art Center, and at the University of Chicago. She has curated numerous programs of dance on film at the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, and Hyde Park Art Center and in 2012 will co-curate the Chicago Dancing Festival's second annual MOVIES program. Best has drawn and photographed dance and has written about dance for Time Out Chicago. A multidisciplinary artist, Best’s photography has been featured or reviewed by Chicago Public Radio, Chicago Reader, Chicago Art Magazine, and Bad at Sports, among others and has been exhibited by Antena Gallery and Cobalt Studio in Chicago. She has additionally presented projects at the Poetry Foundation's Printers Ball and Version Festival.
Dance Films Kino, a three-week festival of film and live performance at Hyde Park Art Center, featured 30 free admission events in 20 days, showcasing the work of 45 filmmakers from emerging to established, and over 25 artists, writers, musicians, theater and dance makers.