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Open Archive Session: Ascending Descending (1978) Film screening and Conversation

April 20 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join artist Sandra Binion, filmmaker Amos Poe, and film historian Bruce Jenkins in a screening of Binion and Poe’s recently uncovered 1978 collaborative film Ascending Descending. The film offers a rare insight into the early careers of Binion and Poe, both of whom went on to prolific careers. In Ascending Descending, Poe’s hand-held camera followed Binion in her ascent and descent of a multi-story fire escape, while oboist Joel Marangella improvised on the street below.

Now restored from the original super-8 film with a recording of the original music, Ascending Descending is a direct and personal example of the collaborations and intersections among performers, media artists, and musicians in the experimental crucible of 1970s New York. Film historian Bruce Jenkins will provide important insights into the film, putting it into the context of 1970s New York experimentalism, punk and No Wave sensibilities, and the increasing agency of female artists in performance and media arts during the period that continue to influence artists today.

Sandra Binion and Bruce Jenkins will appear in person, with Amos Poe joining on Zoom. This special Open Archive Session screening of Ascending Descending is presented as part of the exhibition Sandra Binion: Autobiography of Looking, taking place at Experimental Sound Studio and throughout Chicago from April 12 – June 9, 2024


April 20
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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