September 2, 2015 - Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts - Agnès Varda
September 2, 2015

Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda, Patatutopia, 2003. Courtesy of the artist.

Agnès Varda
Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too)

September 11–November 8, 2015

Opening: October 9, 6–9pm

Logan Center Exhibitions
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago 
915 E. 60th Street 
Chicago, IL 60637

T +1 773 702 6082
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As one of the most significant voices in the worlds of cinema and art, Agnès Varda has directed more than 40 short, documentary, and fiction films, and presented numerous exhibitions of her artwork. Varda puts films in her photos, and photos, potatoes, and shells in her films and video installations. Agnès Varda: Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too) proposes a dialogue between still photography and moving pictures. Four recent video installations will be presented alongside a selection of her photographic work exploring or questioning the polarity between still and moving, broken and continuous, fleeting and permanent, fixed or captured. 

In an immersive gallery experience, Varda presents Patatutopia, first shown in 2003 at the Venice Biennale, alongside her most recent Portraits à Volets Vidéo: Marie dans le vent from 2014. Also on view is a new selection from her 1960s photographic work, which focuses on people on the move, and three self-portraits made at the three points of the artist’s artistic life—at the beginning of her activities as photographer, at the start of her career of a filmmaker, and as a “young” visual artist at age 87.

This exhibition is part of CinéVardaExpo. Agnès Varda in Chicago, a larger program of events, workshops and screenings alongside Varda’s week-long residency at the University of Chicago from October 8 through 15, 2015. CinéVardaExpo includes a public lecture with the artist, a conversation between Varda and artist Jessica Stockholder, and screenings of selected films—many with Varda in attendance.

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CinéVardaExpo is organized by Dominique Bluher, Lecturer and Director of M.A. Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies; Camille Morgan, Logan Center Exhibitions Curatorial Coordinator; Leigh Fagin, Associate Director of University Arts Engagement; and Julia Gibbs, Assistant Director of the Film Studies Center.

CinéVardaExpo is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and Film Studies Center. Additional support provided by the France Chicago Center, University of Chicago Arts Council, Chuck Roven Fund, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, DOVA-Open Practice Committee, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Institut français in Paris, Norman Wait Harris Fund, Ng Family Visiting Artist Fund, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality’s Counter Cinema/Media Project.

Agnès Varda at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
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