Leslie Buchbinder
Leslie buchbinder

Pentimenti founder and Artistic Director Leslie Buchbinder began her career as a professional dancer with companies in Chicago and San Francisco, prior to working in museum & arts public relations at The Kreisberg Group, (New York City), & thereafter establishing her own arts public relations company in Chicago. For over ten years, her company specialized in local & international communications for clients including Sara Lee Corporation, (sponsor of a series of art museum exhibitions); The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Arts Club of Chicago; The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; Marwen Foundation; among many others. In 2011, she was nominated to the Committee on Prints and Drawings of The Art Institute of Chicago, & to the Advisory Board of the Chicago Film Archives in 2012. "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists" (2014) was her film directorial debut. Her current work in post-production is a 3D feature-length film about sculptor (and acrobat) H.C. Westermann. "H.C. Westermann: Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea" [working title] is scheduled to be released in late 2020.


  • "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists"

    A lavishly-illustrated romp through Chicago Imagist art: the Second City scene that challenged Pop Art’s status quo in the 1960s, then faded from view. Forty years later, its funk and grit inspires artists from Jeff Koons to Chris Ware, making the Imagists the most famous artists you never knew...

    What people are saying about Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists:

    “The year’s greatest art film…A joyous, graphic portrait of the artists and the period.”
    - Gaper’s Block

    “A brilliant treasure trove…The most comprehensive chronicle of Chicago's most vibrant, iconoclastic, and carnivalesque chapter in art history.” - Cine-file

    "Illuminating...Helps fill a yawning gap in the conventional telling of American modern art’s story." - Hyperallergic

    "Far from a dry litany of talking heads...A love letter." - Chicago Tribune

    “Funky, folky, and still fresh.” - Art in America

    “In short, you should watch the movie.” - Art F City

    “Fulsomely intelligent…Charming and rambunctious…A delightful present day look at a past.” - Border Crossings

    “Electric, lovely film-making…Must be seen by all Chicagoans and art lovers, as well as anyone who wants to feel superbly inspired…Engrossing and informative…[A] captivating tale.” - Chicagoist

    "In Leslie Buchbinder the Chicago Imagists have found their video Vasari." - Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art (from the DVD liner notes)