Cauleen Smith, Lessons in Semephore, 2016.

Expanding the Frame: Imagination Is Power

April 5-21, 2018 at the Walker Art Center theres another chance to see award winning films from Media City’s 2017 edition, including work by Cauleen Smith and Sky Hopinka, screening as part Expanding the Frame, an annual program of experimental and alternative media.

From the Walker Art Center:

“I know that justice is indivisible and injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I’m concerned about justice for everybody the world over.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., University of Minnesota, St. Paul, 1967

As politics and culture buzzed with radical change and reform in the mid-1960s, the creativity of progressive artists and filmmakers helped imbue the turbulent moment with lasting impact. Imagination Is Power looks at the spirit of this time and its continuing influence 50 years later, with four programs of short films that trace the search for civil liberties, revolution, and freedom. Focused on the diverse perspectives of artists, activists, and journalists, the series brings together moments of international significance with local experience and connects the madness, grace, ideologies, and iconoclasm that helped shape our global outlook.


Expanding the Frame is an annual program of experimental and alternative media. Presented in collaboration with artist Valérie Déus and Coffee House Press, putting Books in Action through literary programs. Unless otherwise noted, programs are presented in the Walker Cinema.

The Film Group, Black Moderates and Black Militants, 1969. (Photo: courtesy Chicago Film Archives)