Closure, by Aleksandra Berczynski & MB Grupa Realizacji
PII Gallery is happy to host Aleksandra Berczynski's latest mono-drama based upon the modern day conflicts found in her reality. Life is no longer a dream nor a vicious cycle of procrastination of what may come tomorrow. Closure yearns to discover the answers past all the existential questioning: to act or not to act; to stay or move on. Closure is about finding out 'How Do I Love Me?'
Mikhail Prosmushkin: Portraits
Did you visit the PII Gallery last month and see our photo-shoot? Perhaps you even had your picture taken? Come and see how it all turned out: your portrait might be showed on our gallery walls. We'll be featuring select photographs by Misha Prosmushkin, shot in and inspired by the gallery, its regulars and passersby. If you like what you see, you'll be able to order your portrait and have it shipped to your house.
Bruce Checefsky: Making the Unseen
PII Gallery in Philadelphia is delighted to welcome Cleveland-based artist Bruce Checefsky for a screening of all of his films to date in his ongoing project of remaking unseen films.
Bruce Checefsky is a photographer and Director of the Reinberger Galleries at the Cleveland Institute of Art. For the past 13 years he has also moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world—from MoMA and the Anthology Film Archives to the Tate Modern and the Rotterdam Film Festival. Checefsky has carved out a unique niche for himself by reimagining and making abstract and avant-garde Eastern European shorts from the 1920s to the 1940s that were either lost, destroyed, or conceived/scripted but never filmed. Checefsky’s completion of a new movie, Witch’s Cradle (2014), affords us an opportunity to show all eight of his visually dazzling short films in one comprehensive program. Witch’s Cradle reimagines an unfinished, now lost 1943 short by pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren (Meshes of the Afternoon). Deren shot her film with Marcel Duchamp in Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in New York; it was intended to be an exploration of the magical qualities of objects in the space. Checefsky’s Cleveland- made remake stars CIA alum Margaret Stamm. Also showing: Pharmacy (2001), A Woman and Circles (2003), IN NI (Others) (2005), Moment Musical (2006), Béla (2010), et al. Bruce Checefsky will answer audience questions after the screening.
Total time: approx. 105 minutes.