Three years ago, I became obsessed with the hand-painted movie posters from Ghana, which depict not-so-accurate scenarios of films gloriously advertised on the backs of used flour sacks during a time (around the ’80s) when these films were being taken from village to village and needed colorful, marketable advertisement. The exhibit I'd attended, “Movie Mojo: Hand-Painted Posters from Ghana,” spread wide over the Chicago Cultural Center and the highly impressive Primitive Gallery. Thanks to President's Gallery and independent video rental store Odd Obsession Movies, more of these amazingly weird posters are back for our viewing pleasure and I couldn't be more excited.
These vivid works of bizarre painted madness express wild visions for all kinds of films, most famously for various horror and exploitation films from Hollywood, Bollywood (Indian cinema), and Nollywood (Nigerian films). Odd Obsession and the President's Gallery present “Demons, Snake Girls, and Evil Trees” through the end of March at Harold Washington College, with an opening reception Thursday, Feb. 27th. The college will display the posters on several floors in themed groupings (e.g. Nigerian voodoo) and have a running slideshow of the entire Odd Obsession collection. Harold Washington College will also screen Nollywood films on Tuesdays during the show's run.
The Odd Obsession collection contains around 200 posters, 50 of which will be on display at the Harold Washington College February 27th through March 30th, 2014. An opening reception Thursday, February 27th from 6pm-8pm will feature an informative Q&A with Odd Obsession collection curator Brian Chankin at 7:00pm in the President's Gallery, room 1105. More posters will be on display in a joint exhibit at Odd Obsession's store in Wicker Park at 1822 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
The Demons, Snake Girls, and Evil Trees Ghana Movie Poster Art Exhibit runs through March 30, 2014. Public receptions are Feb. 27th from 11:30am to 1:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Harold Washington College, Room 1105, 30 E. Lake Street. Visit the galleries 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday or by appointment.
Brian Chankin also curates a monthly foreign film night at The Whistler! I'd caught the last leg of The Living Corpse last Saturday, as well as some fun Bollywood exploitation on the screen after the film. Follow the Odd Obsession Facebook page for future updates on this series!
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