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Designers in Context: Film, Advertising and Modernism

When: Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and Open to All.

Contact: Block Museum of Art   (847) 491-4000

Group: Block Museum of Art

Category: Fine Arts


The mid-century love affair between advertising, design, and modernism united the Goldsholls with peers in the vanguard of film and television from coast to coast. This program gathers together dazzling experimental and commissioned films by such celebrated figures as Charles and Ray Eames and Saul Bass, along with rarely-screened gems by innovators Fred Mogubgub and Francis Thompson. Lynn Spigel, Northwestern Professor of Screen Cultures, will introduce the program, situating the Goldsholls within the history explored in her book TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television.

About the Series

Designers in Film: The Cinematic World of the Goldsholls
This film series complements and extends the Block's exhibition Up Is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio with five programs of films produced by the Chicago-based Goldsholls, their collaborators, influences, and contemporaries. Presenting a wide spectrum of classic and rarely-seen experimental cinema, animation, and commissioned films, Designers in Film explores the playful and innovative atmosphere of 20th-century moving image-making in which Mort and Millie Goldsholl took a central place.

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