Outdoor screening of "The Reversal" (Offsite): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Outdoor screening of "The Reversal" (Offsite)

Image from "The Reversal"
Image credit: "The Reversal" (2020) Jennifer Boles
6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu September 30, 2021
6:30 PM-8:00 PM


McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum
99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601


Open to the public


PLEASE NOTE: This is an outdoor event that takes place at the McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum on the Chicago Riverwalk (address: 99 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601)

Completed in 1900, the reversal of the Chicago River is a landmark in the history of civil engineering. It is a story of industry, labor, ecology, and power. Drawing on thousands of archival photographs depicting every phase of the project, filmmaker Jennifer Boles exposes the harsh conditions and human costs of this monumental undertaking. The Reversal (2020, 11 min) offers a visually and sonically potent evocation of Chicago life at the turn of the 20th century, while tracing the violent forces of capital and influence that shaped the landscape we inhabit today.

For this special outdoor audiovisual installation, The Reversal will play on a loop on the limestone wall of the McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum on the Chicago Riverwalk (http://www.bridgehousemuseum.org/).

FREE and open to all

Event co-sponsored by The McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum, Friends of the Chicago River, the Block Museum at Northwestern. Made possible in part with support from Illinois Humanities.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu