Film Screenings November 27, 2022
Curated by Jicky Schnee
Artists: DeeDee Halleck, Jean Dupuy
Dee Dee Halleck
DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television, and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. Her first film, Children Make Movies (1961), was about a film-making project at Lillian Wald's Henry Street Settlement in Lower Manhattan. Her film, Mural on Our Street was nominated for an Academy Award in 1965.
In her time, DeeDee has led media workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth, senior citizens and migrant farmers. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. Further, DeeDee has co-edited Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest with M.E. Sharpe, and has written essays for a number of collections on independent media.
In 1989 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for an ecological series for the Deep Dish Network. She received two Rockefeller Media Fellowships for The Gringo in Mañanaland (1995), a compilation film about stereotypes of Latin Americans in U.S. films, which was featured at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival and won a special jury prize at the Trieste Festival for Latin American Film and first prize from the American Anthropological Association's Visual Anthropology Division in 1998.
DeeDee has also received five awards for lifetime achievement: an Indy from the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, The George C. Stoney Award from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM); The Life Time Achievement Award of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), the Herbert Schiller Award from the 2003 Schmio Awards and the 2007 Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communication.
She has co-coordinated Paper Tiger installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Triennial of Photography in Graz, the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio, the Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Berkeley Art Museum.
Halleck has been closely involved with the Independent Media Center movement, which now totals over 180 centers in sixty countries. She was one of the initial group of media activists that developed the first center in Seattle during the World Trade Organization protests. Her role was to develop the initial funding proposal for the center, raise funds from individual donors and organize 5 days of satellite broadcasting from that historic event.
Recently, she was one of the participants in John Greyson's experimental short documentary film International Dawn Chorus Day in 2021.
Jean Dupuy was a French-born American artist and pioneer of work combining art and technology. He worked in the fields of conceptual art, performance art, painting, installations, sculptures, and video art. In the 1970s he curated many performance art events involving different artists from Fluxus, New York's avant-garde and neo-dada scene. Many of his works are part of important collections, such as Centre Pompidou in Paris and the MAMAC of Nice.
Dupuy started his career as a painter but destroyed most of his paintings by throwing them into the Seine in 1967. On moving to New York he exhibited his dust sculpture Heart Beats Dust (later renamed Cone Pyramid) at the Museum of Modern Art, as part of the 1968 exhibition The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age, and at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the 1968 exhibition Some More Beginnings. The work, consisting of red dust set in motion by the viewer's heartbeat, inside a box, and made visible by a beam of light, won a competition arranged by Experiments in Art and Technology for collaborative work between artists and engineers.
From 1976 he worked in close collaboration with George Maciunas. His works for Judson Church, Artists Space, P.S.1 and the Musée du Louvre were created in collaboration with artists such as Nam June Paik, Claes Oldenburg, Charlemagne Palestine, George Maciunas, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Jonas, Richard Serra, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Filliou, Charles Dreyfus, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, and Charlotte Moorman.
In 1978 he invited 40 artists to contribute One Minute Performances in front of different artworks at the Louvre. The event was held on a Sunday, the day of free admission to the museum.
In 2003 he had a solo exhibition at the Emily Harvey Foundation, where he exhibited anagrammatic texts and works made out of found stones. Jean Dupuy has been featured in articles for WHITEWALL, ArtDaily and New York Times Magazine. The most recent article is Drag, Lazy Art, and Belgian Bohème: How Three Artists Foreshadowed Contemporary Culture written for Art Basel Stories in September 2021.
Dupuy died in April 2021 at the age of 95.