Conversations at the Edge: Current Schedule
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.
Ximena Cuevas in person
Pioneering Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas creates smart, playful works that mix performance, autobiography, and mass-media's excesses to explore national identity, celebrity star worship, and life's everyday melodramas. She returns to CATE after more than a decade to celebrate the Video Data Bank's release of her retrospective box set Half-Lies. The program includes a selection of recent videos, including the 2010 experimental biography, Marina Abramovic, From Tuesday to Friday, which unfolds in a series of conversations between Cuevas and Abramovic, as the artist prepares for her first exhibition in Mexico.
Co-presented by the Video Data Bank.
2003–13, Mexico, multiple formats, 75 min + discussion
Ximena Cuevas (b. 1963, Mexico City, Mexico) studied film at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University in New York City. Between 1980 and 1990 she worked on more than 20 feature films, "retiring" in 1991 to her own practice. Her videos have been exhibited at Sundance and the New York, Berlin, and Montreal Film Festivals. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Mexico's National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), Eastman Kodak, and an intercultural grant from the Rockefeller-MacArthur-Lampiada Foundations. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.