Joke Schole, Steel Stillman, Sally Webster
January 31 – February 24, 2013

Shelly Silver screening, Friday, February 22, 7:30 pm

 In conjunction with the exhibition Dream Out: Joke Schole, Steel Stillman, Sally Webster, SHOW ROOM will present three short video works by award-winning filmmaker Shelly Silver: small lies, Big Truth; What I'm Looking For; and 5 Lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown. The screening will take place at 7:30 PM on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 and Silver will be on hand to introduce her films.

By turns funny, disturbing and sensual, small lies, Big Truth (19 m., 1999) is a video about love, relationships and the joys and banalities of sex in the late 20th century. It touches on morality, voyeurism and power, as eight people are heard reading from the testimony of Monica S. Lewinsky and William Jefferson Clinton as published in the Starr Report.

In What I’m Looking For (15 m., 2004), a woman sets out to photograph moments of intimacy. On an Internet dating site she writes: “I'm looking for people who would like to be photographed in public revealing something of themselves...” Shot in HD video, the work documents this adventure and the connections formed at the intersection of virtual and actual public space. It is a short tale of desire and control, and a rumination on photography and the persistence of vision.

5 lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown (10 m., 2009). You live somewhere, walk down the same street 10,000 times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE. Decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen. 10  blocks, past, present, future, time, light, movement, immigration, exclusion, gentrification, racism, history, China, America, 3 languages, 13 voices, 152 years, 17,820 frames, 9 minutes, 54 seconds, 5 lessons, 9 questions, Chinatown.

Shelly Silver is a New York-based artist who uses video, film and photography. Her work spans a wide range of subject matter and genres, and it explores: the personal and societal relations that connect and restrict us; the indirect routes of pleasure and desire; the stories that are told about us; and the stories we construct about ourselves.

Silver has been exhibited widely throughout the US, Europe, and Asia at venues such as MoMA, the ICP, MoCA, the Yokohama Museum, the Pompidou Center, the Kyoto Museum, the London ICA; and at the London, Singapore, New York, Moscow and Berlin Film Festivals. Silver has received numerous fellowships and grants from organizations including the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and Anonymous was a Woman. She is an associate professor in Visual Arts, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

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