Portal: online screening – Fall Schedule

In response to our physical space being closed due to the pandemic, Gallery 400 developed the Portal Online Screening series, featuring work by artists who have previously exhibited at the Gallery. Each work is streamed on our website for two weeks. Over ten artists have been featured so far, including Maria Gaspar, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Yoshua Okon, and Rami George.

We are pleased to announce our Fall screening schedule which runs from September 14 to December 13.

The works can be accessed on the Exhibitions section of our website during the screening periods outlined below: https://gallery400.uic.edu/exhibitions/

Support for Portal: online screenings is provided by the School of Art & Art History, the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

photo of fast good worker behind a counter

Monday, September 14 – Sunday, September 27

Guy Ben Ner,

Foreign Names, 2012

Single-channel video, 4:49 minutes

Foreign Names focuses on worker displacement in a compilation of video clips from Aroma, an Israeli coffee shop chain. Ben-Ner’s video shows counter staff at the coffee shops yelling nonsensical English “names,” fabricated and given to them by the artist. The texts edited together become a lament of the waiters’ disappearance and the state of workers today.

man in orange jumpsuit

Monday, September 28 – Sunday, October 11

Dread Scott

Welcome to America

Single-channel video, 2:31 minutes

Welcome to America explores brutality against immigrants in US detention after Sept 11, 2001. Made before the revelations at Abu-Ghraib, the work uses images released by the Department of Justice showing some of the violent handlings of immigrants in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. A child repeats some of the racist, xenophobic and threatening epithets that were shouted at the detainees as their faces were shoved into a shirt with an American flag on it. In the background is a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by school children.

image of multiple in an online meeting

Monday, October 12 – Sunday, October 25

Natalie Bookchin

Long Story Short, 2016

45:29 minutes

HD video

In Long Story Short, over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Northern and Southern California discuss their experiences of poverty, with the resulting interviews edited together in Bookchin’s signature polyphonic, multi-channel style. She writes: Even while the film uses some tropes of online participatory culture, including the first-person narrative, the webcam, it also, through its tempo and use of quietness, suggests a refusal. It points to an interiority that we don’t have access to. It suggests that some things remain unspoken, that narrators decide on what to reveal and to withhold.’

3-D images

Monday, October 26 – Sunday, November 8

Jane Veeder

JG3D, 1986

3D animation

Short for ‘Jane Goes 3D’, JG3D is an early experiment in 3D animation by new media artist Jane Veeder. According to Veeder:  [JG3D]interprets my creative evolution from video art through 2D to 3D computer animation, integrating elements of personal history with theoretical issues relating to the current aesthetics of 3D computer animation.  Elements such as computer graphics “realism”, platonic ideals about the truth and beauty of numbers, and the mystique of digital power are mythologized into a cartoonish concrete form and combined with an autobiographical, creative techno-history to produce a zero-gravity 3D animated theme-park ride.

contemporary image

Monday, November 9 – Sunday, November 22

Sara Ludy

Sky Lapis, 2018

4K animation, 5:59 minutes

Desert Rose, 2016

4K animation, 33:33 minutes


Sara Ludy is an Chicago-based artist working in a wide range of media including video, sound, animation, VR, AR, websites, audiovisual performance, sculpture, painting, photography, and installation. Through an interdisciplinary practice, hybrid forms emerge from the confluence of nature, architecture, abstraction, and the unconscious; reflecting an uncanny presence that questions our relationship to immateriality and space.

three images next to each other on a black screen

Monday, November 23 – Sunday, December 13

Shelly Bahl

We Know What Is and Is Not, 2019

3 channel video, 2:54 minutes


We Know What Is and Is Not is based on the fictionalized life of Sneha Anne Phillip, an Indian-American woman who went missing in NYC on the night before 9/11. Exploring the surreal experiences of women who lead transcultural lives, Bahl’s practice recontextualizes and reimagines these (factual and fictional) narratives while addressing the specific cultural histories in which they are rooted.