Tom Kalin: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

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Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr.

Tom Kalin (MFA 1987) is known for narrative features, installations, and short experimental films and videos. His first feature, Swoon, was awarded the Caligari Prize in Berlin, Fipresci Prize in Stockholm, Best Cinematography at Sundance, and the Open Palm at the Gotham Awards. Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, premiered in Cannes and screened at Sundance, London, and Tribeca, among many other places. Savage Grace was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and named one of the top 10 films of 2008 by Artforum and Paper. Fashion designer Geoffrey Beene commissioned Kalin to write and direct Geoffrey Beene 30, a lyrical narrative film commemorating his 30th anniversary. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Claire Danes, and Viveca Lindfors.

In 2015 Kalin and frequent collaborator Doveman (musician Thomas Bartlett) collaborated on a gallery show at Participant, Inc., New York and at Dublin's National Concert Hall for Blood and The Moon, an evening of film, music, and performance celebrating the work of William Butler Yeats. Kalin produced the films I Shot Andy Warhol and Go Fish, and was a writer for Cindy Sherman's Office Killer. He has twice been included in the Whitney Biennial, is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and his work is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kalin was a founding member of the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, known for its provocative public art projects which exhibited in the Venice Biennale, and had a major survey of its work in 2012. Presented in partnership with SAIC's Office of Alumni Relations.

Kalin will also introduce his 1992 film Swoon on February 11 at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of Radiant Visions: Media Art from SAIC, 1965–Now.


Columbia University

“Behind the Scenes: Tom Kalin and Doveman,” Performa 2015

The Talkhouse

“Biographical dictionary of film No 42: Tom Kalin,” The Gaurdian, by David Thomson

Video Data Bank

“Artists in Conversation,” BombLive!, Tom Kalin by Bette Gordon


Tom Kalin, Savage Grace (still), 2007 Tom Kalin and Doveman, In The Sweetness of Time (still), 2015. Courtesy of the artists Tom Kalin and Doveman, In The Sweetness of Time (still), 2015. Courtesy of the artists Tom Kalin, Swoon (still), 1992 Tom Kalin. Photo: Miguel Molina