Manfred Kirchheimer’s New York city symphony Stations of the Elevated (1981, 45 min., DVD) weaves together vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape of 1970s New York against a soundtrack that combines ambient city noise with jazz and gospel by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin. Gliding through the South Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, with a detour past an upstate prison, the film is an impressionistic portrait of and tribute to a New York that has long since disappeared. Presented by the Hyde Park Art Center and South Side Projections.
South Side Projections presents films at locations across Chicago’s south side to foster conversation about complex social and political issues. At many screenings, we enlist scholars, activists, and filmmakers to lead discussions, while other screenings offer opportunities to present seldom-seen films of historical and artistic value to the communities of Chicago’s south side.
Following the film there will be a talk by Gabriel "Flash" Carrasquillo, Jr. His talk will be about the influence of New York graffiti on the history of Chicago graffiti.
Chicago born and raised graffiti legend Gabriel “Flash” Carrasquillo Jr. joined one of the first graffiti crews in Chicago in 1982, Artistic Bombing Crew (ABC), and began painting Chicago rooftops, bringing New York style graffiti to the masses between 1982 and 1987. He soon became known as “Flash” for his passion and ability to take pictures and document his environment. In 2003 Flash began posting and documenting Chicago graffiti’s culture, and in 2005 became the moderator for the popular site Chicago Graffiti Forums, which is used by schools and universities as a place of reference for students learning about the history of Chicago graffiti. He has documented over 35 years of Chicago graffiti and street art, and his photos have appeared in Roger Gaston’s History of American Graffiti and other graffiti publications. His block letters can be found in CRACKDOWN 2, a video game by Ruffhouse for X-BOX 360. For the past five years, Carasquillo has curated “Project Logan,” a permission wall which rotates various artistic styles of graffiti. Most recently, he was invited to participate in the inaugural creation of the 606 Chicago Graffiti Garden Arena. Both projects serve as a visual record of an ever-changing community and the evolution of graffiti.