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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, cinemas, 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, programming through ACRE TV and organizing exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. His work has been discussed in the Chicago Tribune, ArtReview, the Chicago Reader, Newcity, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, Underground Film Journal, among other publications. He serves as a permanent guest host for Chicago-based contemporary art radio show and podcast Bad at Sports, as a member of the Programming Committee for Co-Prosperity and for more than a decade has been a Programming Coordinator at ACRE. Originally from Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Recent Work

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