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Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the Design Conversation

September 24, 2014 from 6:30-9pm

Champion Papers Incorporated “Imagination 10” (Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, 1967)

The Chicago Design Museum presents a selection of films from our vault for a special screening night. As an extension of their first exhibition, Starts/Speculations, each of the chosen films represents an area for future exploration, and another avenue for examining the role of design within our city and our lives.

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, as we learn about the early years of the International Design Conference, consider design for medical safety, witness the translation of moving image to a printed page, and remember the sights and sounds of Chicago in the seventies.

The evening will include work by Gary Brown, the Film Group, Goldsholl Design & Film Associates and Rhodes Patterson.

There will be an open bar for those 21 years old and over (IDs will be checked at the door). RSVP here

Chicago Breakdown (Gary Brown, 1976, courtesy of Chicago Film Archives)
Montage style film of the sights and sounds of 1970’s Chicago. Subjects and locations range from a boisterous Mercantile Exchange to a behind the scenes Playboy photo shoot. Repeating and revved up footage of Chicago’s various transportation systems connect the films wide ranging subjects, which also include Wrigley Field, WCFL (with Larry Lujack) and the University of Chicago.

Eli Lilly “Identi-dose” (Film Group, 1965, courtesy of Chicago Film Archives)
A sponsored film made by Chicago-based production team, Film Group, for Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company with headquarters located in Indianapolis. The short spot promotes the company’s new Identi-dose® system, which disperses pills more safely via unit does medication.

International Design Conference in Aspen: The First Decade (Rhodes Patterson, circa 1961, courtesy of Chicago Film Archives)
Founded in 1950 by Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke, the Aspen Institute promotes the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a nonpartisan and non-ideological setting through regular seminars, policy programs, conferences, and leadership development initiatives. The institute’s annual International Design Conference in Aspen was launched in 1949 in a then obscure former silver-mining town west of Denver, Colorado. Paepcke sought a forum “where the human spirit can flourish”, with the goal to bring designers and business leaders together to foster understanding of what design could accomplish. Paepcke hoped that the conference would help business leaders recapture what he called “eternal verities”: the values that guided them intellectually, ethically, and spiritually as they led their companies. This film was shot by Container Corporation employee, Rhodes Patterson, and looks back at the first ten years of the conference.

Champion Papers Incorporated “Imagination 10” (Morton Goldsholl of Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, 1967, courtesy of Chicago Film Archives)
Promotional film made to accompany the 10th installment of Champion Papers Incorporated’s “Imagination” book series, an annual print publication targeting the design community by showcasing the varied creative uses of paper. Each Imagination book has a distinct theme executed through the use of richly printed photography and illustrations on a diverse range of paper grades using a number of different printing and finishing techniques. The series flourished for over two decades from 1963 to 1986. During that time, 26 issues were produced and acclaimed designers, such as Carl Regehr and James Miho, brought their talent and innovation to the pages. The Circus themed 10th installment of the series was released with a promotional 16mm film produced by the like-minded Chicago-based design firm of Goldsholl Design & Film Associates.



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