Bridging the Arts: Double Feature: Duane Michals & Horst

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

Mar. 6, 2018, 05:30 pm

300 Main Street
PHONE 860-434-5232

Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kate
300 Main Street,
Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
Tickets $15 per film.

Bridging the Arts is a curated film series co-sponsored by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the Kate. The series features a selection of art films produced by the highly-regarded Checkerboard Film Foundation, Inc. and includes a brief lecture before each film.

Duane Michals 1939 – 1997
A haunting and evocative film by the photographic master of mystic innuendo, Duane Michals.
This film is divided into sections, some of which reproduce in Michals’ well-known photographic stories, sequential images that add up to form a narrative. “The Bogeyman” is a child’s nightmare in photo-animation. Did it happen, or not?
Then we get to a cryptic message from the artist, as though from beyond the grave (hence the title “1939 – 1997”). We watch over the artist’s shoulder as he writes “It is no accident you are reading this, I am making black marks on white paper, these are my thoughts.” This brings another concern of Michals’; the act of writing, which has predominated in his exhibitions.

For the past eight decades, the photographs of Horst have been synonymous with elegance. While refining and updating his style, Horst retained the classical beauty that was the hallmark of his work.
This film, narrated by his dear friend, the late Valentine Lawford, is a study of the artist’s work ranging from his society portraits of the 1930s to the fashion shots and interiors made for Vogue, House and Garden, Vanity Fair, and Architectural Digest as well as a treasury of travel photographs that were among Horst’s most favorite and personal memoirs.

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