BETWEEN DREAMS AND HISTORY: The Making of Shimon Attie’s Public Art Projects

October 05 only

Part of the “Shimon Attie: Here, Not Here” exhibit running Sept 18 – Oct 30 at the
Catharine Clark Gallery.

Catharine Clark and director Chris Beaver in conversation after the film.

“Beautifully rendered . . . fascinating, provocative, and powerful. Don’t miss it.” ~

Handwriting projected on the side of a building

A short feature profiling American artist Shimon Attie as he creates his first work of public art in the United States after six years of artistic success in Europe. His major theme: how to make human memory visible in the present.

To achieve this goal, Attie conducted writing workshops in Yiddish, English, Chinese, and Spanish with today’s residents of New York’s Lower East Side. Then using computers and laser beams, he projected these handwritten memories, hopes, dreams, and even prayers onto the walls and buildings of the neighborhood. Ronnie Friedland of Jewish Family Life adds, “We see joyful, amazed, and proud reactions of residents of the neighborhood when they recognize familiar thoughts and memories, in their own language, that are validated by being projected onto the public space of their neighborhood.”

Original, inspiring and thought provoking, Between Dreams and History leaves a lasting impression.

Produced and Directed Christopher Beaver. Cinematography: Skip Blumberg. Music: Pat Rickey Narrated by Michael E. Stone.  2000. 37 mins.

Admission: $10.00.

Night Watch by Shimon Attie on the SF Bay, September 17 and 18, 6:16 to 9:00pm
Oakland Estuary, September 19, 6:16 to 9:00pm

About Christopher Beaver
For more than thirty years, Emmy-Award winning and Academy-Award shortlisted documentary producer and director, Christopher Beaver has served as an editorial and production consultant for Michael Moore’s, Roger and Me, Mark Mori’s Academy-Award nominated Building Bombs, Denise Zmekhol’s Children of the Amazon, and Judith Lit’s After Winter, Spring— all inaugural feature-length documentary films for their respective producers. All of Christopher’s producing/consulting projects share his concern for the human experience of the world around us. Among his own films as a producer and director are Dark Circle (recipient of the Grand Prize in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival then called the US Film Festival,) Nagasaki Journey, Between Dreams and History, Racing to Zero (as director, produced by Diana Fuller,,) Once Was Water (as director, produced by Diana Fuller) and his current project as producer-director, a four-part documentary series entitled The Valley and the Lake, an examination of conflict and hope concerning water issues in California, to be released to PBS stations and for streaming in 2021.

About Catharine Clark
Catharine Clark is the Founding Director of Catharine Clark Gallery, SanFrancisco. Established in 1991, the gallery exhibits the work ofcontemporary artists many of whom have an interdisciplinary approachto their practice.

In 2015 she also founded BOXBLUR for the presentation of projects thatengage visual and performing art in dialogue. BOXBLUR emerged from ahistory of performances at Catharine Clark Gallery. In 2016, this effortwas formalized as BOXBLUR, a fiscally sponsored program of Dance Film SF. BOXBLUR collaborates with other organizations that amplify communal values. BOXBLUR produces socially engaged projects that are performative, often experimental, and are realized in conversation with a visual artist’s work. A central piece of BOXBLUR’s program is its partnership with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Original, commissioned projects often expand the possibilities for performance in on-proscenium settings.

Currently, BOXBLUR is partnered with Immersive Arts Alliance to co- produce Shimon Attie’s “Night Watch,” a floating media project about refugees, which is presented in partnerships with more than 40 organizations. The core event of which is on the SF Bay and Oakland Estuary. The project expanded programming engages communities and institutions from San Jose to Berkeley and from San Francisco to Angel Island from August 24 – November 5, 2021.

In 2015, Access Institute chose Catharine as its honoree for her contribution to the arts. In 2014, Mayor Ed Lee awarded Catharine Arttable’s Northern California Chapter’s Award of Service to the Visual Arts. Catharine has edited and contributed essays to publications on Masami Teraoka, Nina Katchadourian, and Sandow Birk, among other artists. Trained as a classical ballet dancer, and subsequently as an art historian, Catharine worked as a professional dancer in Bologna, Italy, and in the visual arts in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The Gallery and BOXBLUR are in a former industrial building in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood and are celebrating the 30th anniversary and 5th anniversary respectively this year with the expanded program of “Night Watch.”

About Diana Fuller
Diana Fuller  is a free-lance curator, producer, editor, and arts administrator. Currently producer, of award-winning documentaries, Racing To Zero, Once Was Water and the up-coming Tails of the City. She is the on-going director of the Screenwriting Program at the Community of Writers at Olympic Valley.

She was the owner/director of Hansen /Fuller, Fuller Goldeen and finally Fuller Gross Gallery from 1960 to 1990. She is the editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, published in 2005, by University of California Berkeley Press. From 2005 to 2009 she served as consultant to the estate of Richard Pousette-Dart, in New York.

She has served on the Boards of many of the major arts institutions in the area and is a founder or co-founder of several. Her current affiliations include: The Community of Writers, and The Roxie Theater in San Francisco, where she the outgoing president of the board.


BETWEEN DREAMS AND HISTORY: The Making of Shimon Attie's Public Art Projects: Upcoming Showtimes
October 56:00 PMBig Roxie