Agnès Varda, In Venice in front of a Bellini painting, 1962 © Agnès Varda

CinéVardaExpo (Oct 8 - 15)

Agnès Varda in Chicago
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:00am

Renowned French film director and visual artist Agnès Varda will spend October 8-15 in residence at the University of Chicago as part of a major weeklong celebration of her work.

At 87, Varda is one of the most significant voices in French and European cinema as well as in the world of art. Sometimes called the “grandmother of the French New Wave,” she has created more than 40 short, documentary, and fiction films for both TV and cinema, and staged many exhibitions of photographs and installation pieces. Among her best-known works are Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo From Five To Seven, 1961), Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, 1985), and Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I, 2000). Her latest feature length film, Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès, 2008), premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2009.

CinéVardaExpo.Agnès Varda in Chicago includes a public lecture by Varda on Oct 9, a conversation between Varda and artist Jessica Stockholder on Oct 11, a public Q&A on Oct 15, and screenings of selected films throughout the week, many attended by Varda herself. The Logan Center Gallery will host an exhibition of Varda’s recent work, “Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too),” from Sep 11-Nov 8. Reservations are required for some events and can be made at

CinéVardaExpo is organized by Dominique Bluher, Lecturer and Director of M.A. Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies; Camille Morgan, Logan Center Exhibitions Curatorial Coordinator; Leigh Fagin, Associate Director of University Arts Engagement; Julia Gibbs, Assistant Director of the Film Studies Center.

Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Film Studies Center. France Chicago Center, University of Chicago Arts Council, Chuck Roven Fund for Cinema and Media Studies, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, DOVA-Open Practice Committee, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Institut français in Paris, Norman Wait Harris Fund, Ng Family Visiting Artist Fund, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality’s Counter Cinema/Media Project.