Peter Thompson collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Partially processed. Undetermined volume of material relating to artist and Columbia College Chicago faculty member Peter Thompson, consisting of films, photographs, interviews, transcripts, and papers, including his cinematic essays Two Portraits Diptych, Universal Diptych, El Movimiento and Lowlands.

Biographical Historical Note

Peter Thompson spent 36 years as a faculty member in the Photography program at Columbia College Chicago. In 1980, Thompson began to create films in the form of the cinematic essay. His films made use of his deep experience in music, literature and photography and gained critical attention worldwide.