Terra Foundation-supported Events

Film Screening: “Karl Wirsum”

Digitally restored by Pentimenti Productions, Suzanne Simpson’s Karl Wirsum is a little-known 1973 film that peeks into the sun-dappled California studio of a young artist as he embarks on an extraordinary career. Wirsum’s psychedelic marionette sculptures still dazzle today, while his narration and a mind-bending soundtrack draw viewers into his process and personality.

Following the screening, a discussion with original Chicago Imagists Karl Wirsum and Gladys Nilsson, moderated by artist and critic Robert Storr, focuses on the historical, personal, and philosophical connections between the visual art scenes of Chicago and Northern California in the 1960s and 1970s.

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