Dan Peterman – Artist’s Talk/Le Chant du Styrene

Dan Peterman – Artist’s Talk
and Le Chant du Styrene

The Hyde Park Kunstverein (HPK) proudly presents a screening and talk by Dan Peterman on Saturday, March 31, 4:00 – 5:30 pm at SHOP (5638 S. Woodlawn). Peterman will discuss his installation Archive (southside) and screen a related short film, Chant du Styrene by Alain Renais, 1958.

Chant du Styrene stands out as a striking artifact of stylistic visual design and a remarkable commingling of industrial and artistic concerns. The film was commissioned as a promotional project by the French company Péchiney of the plastics industry in France, but renowned French director Alain Resnais (Last Day at Marienbad) was clearly not content with the idea of generic industrial film work.

The script of Le Chant du Styrene is by the French poet/novelist Raymond Queneau (Zazie Dans le Metro) and is written entirely in Alexandrines — rhymed couplets. The film is in French. An English translation of Queneau’s script will be available. Le Chant du Styrene. 1958. Alain Renais, 19 min.

Dan Peterman has widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Among his diverse projects, Peterman has used recycled materials to produce minimal works that function as elegant sculpture, functional objects, and critiques of environmental waste and neglect. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Peterman is also a founder of the Experimental Station, an innovative, Chicago-based incubator of small scale enterprise and cultural projects. He is recipient of grants from Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Peterman is represented by Galerie Klosterfelde-Berlin, Germany and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Venice Biennale, Italy; Van Abbemuseum Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, IL; and Kunstverein Hannover among other venues.

Learn more at southsidehub.org/hyde-park-kunstverein/


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