May 16, 2018 2:07 pm
Kartemquin is excited to share that our 1974 film Now We Live on Clifton is now featured in the Art Institute of Chicago's new exhibition, 'Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980.' The exhibit runs through October 28.
Featured on the accompanying audio tour are Now We Live on Clifton filmmakers and original Kartemquin collective members Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, and Peter Kuttner.
"The exhibition highlights the work of artists who through their images and films captured the life of their own communities or those to which they were granted intimate access as outsiders... A rich history of street photography is complemented by the parallel emergence of filmmakers such as Tom Palazzolo and Kartemquin Films, who poetically captured the city's changing landscape. Together, these works reveal Chicago's character, lovely and ever so real."
– The Art Institute of Chicago
This is the second time the film has been featured at the Art Institute, having taken part in the October 2014-January 2015 exhibition entitled, 'The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980.'
Watch an introduction to the film by filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Peter Kuttner:
About Now We Live on Clifton
Now We Live on Clifton follows 10 year old Pam Taylor and her 12 year old brother Scott around their multiracial West Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kids worry that they'll be forced out of the neighborhood they grew up in by the gentrification following the expansion of DePaul University.
This film was created by members of the Kartemquin collective, with credits shared between Jerry Blumenthal, Alphonse Blumenthal, Susan Delson, Sharon Karp, Peter Kuttner, Gordon Quinn, and Richard Schmiechen.
Original 16mm print restored in 2011 thanks to a National Film Preservation Foundation grant.
Now We Live on Clifton is available for purchase on DVD as part of The Kartemquin Collection, Volume 4: The Collective Years
Learn more about the exhibit and special events including gallery talks, performances, and family workshops here.