Renée Green. Partially Buried Continued,1997. Video, color, sound; 36:00 min. (video still)
Three videos by the artist and filmmaker Renée Green

Partially Buried and Mise-en-scène: Commemorative Toile

Member Event

In conjunction with our September 27th lecture with Renée Green, the SCA offers members the opportunity to view three of Green’s videos for a theatrical screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Limited capacity available. A valid photo ID and one of the following items are required to gain entry to the Film Center:

-Physical vaccination card

-A legible photo, copy, or scan of your card; an image on your phone will be acceptable provided that it is legible 

-Proof of a negative result on a COVID PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the film or event start time

For more information on COVID protocols visit https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/covid-protocols.

Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Conversations at the Edge series and Video Data Bank.


Since the early 1990s, Renée Green has become known for multidimensional artworks that chart unseen connections between people, places, and ideas around the globe—from the colonial-era Triangular trade to 20th century student movements. This program brings together a selection of Green’s foundational ’90s projects, all potent explorations of art, violence, history, and memory. In Mise-en-scène: Commemorative Toile (2020), an essayistic companion to Green’s 1992–93 artwork of the same name, Green delves into the material history of the trans-atlantic slave trade by focusing on the production of the French decorative fabric known as toile. In Partially Buried (1996) and Partially Buried Continued (1997), she uses Robert Smithson’s 1970 earthwork Partially Buried Woodshed as a jumping off point to contemplate memorials, monuments, and individual memory, threading together the work’s creation at Kent State and its transformation into an anti-war symbol after the killing of student protestors by the US National Guard that same year, her father’s memories of his service during the Korean War, and the legacies of South Korea’s pivotal Gwangju Uprising of 1980, a massive pro-democratic protest that ended in the massacre of hundreds of demonstrators by the military government. 1996–2020, USA, digital video, ca 62 minutes.


Renée Green (American, b. 1959) is an artist, filmmaker and writer living and working in New York, New York and Somerville, Massachusetts. Via films, essays and writings, installations, digital media, architecture, sound-related works, film series and events Green’s work engages with investigations into circuits of relation and exchange over time, the gaps and shifts in what survives in public and private memories as well as what has been imagined and invented. She also focuses on the effects of a changing transcultural sphere on what can now be made and thought. Her exhibitions, videos and films have been seen throughout the world in museums, biennales and festivals.

If you are unable to join us in the theater, you may also view the same program on the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema platform, Friday, September 24–Thursday, September 30. Closed captions available. For more information, visit saic.edu/cate.

Renée Green. Partially Buried Continued,1997. Video, color, sound; 36:00 min. (video still)