Lawrence Andrews: mythicPotentialities

Thursday, October 12

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT

Gene Siskel Film Center Theatre 1, 164 N State St

Lawrence Andrews, mythicPotentialities, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.
Lawrence Andrews, mythicPotentialities, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Join artist Lawrence Andrews for a screening of his astonishing imageless video mythicPotentialities.


Enthralling in form and vision, Lawrence Andrews’ works are kaleidoscopic explorations of Blackness through mass media and popular culture. In the genre-defying imageless video mythicPotentialities (2019), Andrews examines the murder of Emmett Till, the trial that followed, and the ways these events have been mediated through civil rights documentaries like EYES ON THE PRIZE (1993). Focusing on Till’s great uncle Moses Wright, who testified at the trial, Andrews asks what happens when we imagine Wright’s life beyond the limited events that came to define him. (2019, United States, DCP, Sound-Only, 60 minutes / In English)

Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Video Data Bank.

Lawrence Andrews’s practice spans video, photography, and installation. Employing multi-layered strategies of appropriation, he often focuses on media and culture, suggesting that “culture is all we are as people; we speak about it, look at ourselves through it, and ultimately change because of it.” Andrews’s work has shown extensively throughout the US and internationally on television, at major film festivals, and in museums and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and the American Film Institute, Los Angeles; among others. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a Rockefeller Intercultural Documentary Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships.



$13 General public   
$8 Students with a valid ID   
$6.50 Film Center members   
$5 SAIC faculty & staff & AIC staff   
Free for SAIC students   
Unless otherwise noted, SAIC student tickets are released five days prior to showtime. Tickets must be picked up in person from the Gene Siskel Film Center box office. A student ID is required.


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Conversations at the Edge is SAIC’s award-winning media art series, organized by the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in partnership with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Video Data Bank. For more information, visit saic.edu/cate.