Marketing & Communications: SAIC's Conversations at the Edge Series Caps its Season with Films, Performances and Talks by Groundbreaking Artists

CHICAGO—To help close out its 150th Anniversary celebrations, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will present a compelling selection of screenings, performances and talks by groundbreaking media artists in its Conversations at the Edge media series.

SAIC will present the following artists:

  • Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (MFA 1997) draws from anthropology and experimental theater to craft exquisite films about the physical and symbolic histories of the Caribbean. She often collaborates with her subjects to uncover the ways the past lives on through the present and the spirit contends with both. Muñoz has had multiple international and national solo exhibitions, and her film The Black Cave (La Cueva Negra, 2013) is in the permanent collection at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
  • Nobuaki Doi is an animation scholar and curator, who curated Wonder: Recent Animation from Japan. The collection of films highlights a generations of independent animators who have redefined “Japanese Animation.”
  • shawné michaelain holloway (BFA 2013) is a dirty new media performance artist whose projects explore intimacy, power dynamics and the technologies that mediate them. Her work often takes shape as serialized live Internet broadcasts, video art uploaded to pornographic platforms, GIFs and electronic music.
  • Mike Henderson is a blues guitarist, platinum recording artist and three-time Grammy nominee whose band, The SteelDrivers, has been covered by Adele in her hit album, "25." He is presenting his body of politically charged and humorous experimental and performance-driven films. Henderson’s productions range from absurd musings to powerful films about blackness and the black experience that are relevant to today’s conversations about race in America.
  • Dana Levy is known for her symbolically resonant studies of art museums, natural history collections and other sites of preservation. Her careful choreography meditates on the political and environmental histories that undergird their display, often highlighting processes of migration and displacement.
  • Deborah Stratman (BFA 1990) is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker whose work investigates issues of power, control and belief and explores how places, ideas and society are intertwined. For the past 25 years, Stratman has explored landscapes and systems through riveting films, sculpture, sound and public works. Stratman has exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Hammer Museum, the Whitney Biennial and more. She is also the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships.
  • Lyra Hill (BFA 2011) is a Chicago-based comic artist and filmmaker. Hill produces spectacular performances that mix psychedelia with fantastic tales of self-discovery, the body and the mysteries of nature. She uses multiple film projectors, looping audio effects and pulsating hand-drawn images to create super-sensory environments of light, color and sound.

Conversations at the Edge Program Schedule

All presentations are ticketed and open to the public. All presentations take place at SAIC's Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street and begin promptly at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. To purchase tickets, visit

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
Otros usos
Thursday, March 3

Nobuaki Doi
Wonder: Recent Independent Animation from Japan
Thursday, March 10

shawné michaelain holloway
Extreme Submission
Thursday, March 17
Presented in collaboration with RE:MESH.WWWERK/s, a series exploring contemporary new media art.

Mike Henderson
Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson
Thursday, March 31
Restored prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Dana Levy
Impermanent Display
Thursday, April 7
Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Video Data Bank.

Deborah Stratman
The Illinois Parables
Thursday, April 14

Lyra Hill
Three Performances
Thursday, April 21


About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked No. two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. For more information, please visit

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, still from La cabeza mató a todos, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist

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