Kartemquin Films.


What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? Film Project elements




Kartemquin Films


2.0 Linear feet



Historical note

What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? is a 15-minute 1970 film by Gordon Quinn and Jerry and Shirlee Blumenthal. Striking students meet at a ""Revolutionary Seminar"" at the Art Institute of Chicago in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of protesting students at Kent and Jackson State Universities. They explore their role as artists in a capitalist society and issue questions like: What are the implications of the artist's elitist position in America? Is it possible not to be co-opted, as ""radical"" as one's art may be? What are the connections between money and art in America, between the ""New York Scene"" and the rest of the country?

Scope and Contents note

The What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? Film records include 16 film prints, work prints, negative, trims, and outs.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 March 21 by Andrew Steadham.