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Jesse Malmed

  • Assistant Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres


MFA, Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Film & Electronic Arts, Bard College


Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator working in video, performance, text, occasional objects and their gaps and laps over and under. Various pre-occupations include: Infinite Gesticulator, Disorganizer, Paranoiac Research Assistant, Choir Conductor, Cosmic Concierge, Junk Shop Salesman, Re-Titler, Poet-Comedian, Traffic Caller, Obstinate-Minded Professor, Bootlegger, Idiot's Idiot, Pro Bono Closed Captioner and Imaginary Television Host. He has performed, screened and exhibited widely at museums, cinemae, galleries, bars and barns, including solo presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, University of Chicago Film Studies Center, Sight Unseen, Microlights and San Francisco Cinematheque. His platformist and curatorial projects include directing the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, instigating Western Pole, co-driving the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and organizing exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. Originally from Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the UIC, Lecturer at UWM and teaches in the Chicago Public Schools through CAPE. He is the lead singer of The Fucs (a Fugs cover band) and was profiled recently in Newcity's Film 50.