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On Art and Artists


Thu, Sep 17, 2015
at 7 PM

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HOCKNEY
DIRECTOR: RANDALL WRIGHT
GREAT BRITAIN, 2015

Drawing on a treasure-trove of photographs and home movies, Wright brings to life the celebrated career and life of one of the most charismatic, inquisitive, and exciting figures in contemporary art. From his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels (“queer,” “working class,” “figurative artist”) was finally overcome, Hockey has remained true to his roots. At 77, he works in his Los Angeles studio seven days a week, and as he talks about his art, friends and lovers, childhood, and sources of inspiration and dreams, his humorous vitality is undiminished. (113 min.)

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Sat, Sep 19, 2015
at 4 PM

Sun, Sep 20, 2015
at 7 PM

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BREATHING EARTH
DIRECTOR: THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER
GERMANY, 2013

Riedelsheimer’s (RIVERS AND TIDES) subject is Japanese sculptor Susumu Shingu, who pays tribute to nature with hypnotic and playful kinetic works powered by wind and water. Following Shingu around the world in search of a place where art and sustainability can coexist, the film captures his stunning work in its natural habitats—including Japan, Italy, and Mexico—where Monarch butterflies congregate. In Japanese with English subtitles. (97 min.)

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Tue, Sep 22, 2015
at 7 PM

Sun, Sep 27, 2015
at 4:30 PM

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SOL LEWITT
DIRECTOR: CHRIS TEERINK
NETHERLANDS, 2013

A leader of the minimalist movement, LeWitt (1928 – 2007) was renowned for his immense wall drawings executed by teams of workers. LeWitt’s artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply—often with a set of instructions sent by fax—lead to overwhelming visual and intellectual complexity. Teerink’s film documents the installation of “Wall drawing #801: Spiral” in the Netherlands, which takes eight assistants 30 days to complete. When the work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is transformative. “Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach.”—Sol LeWitt. (80 min.)

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Thu, Sep 24, 2015
at 7 PM

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STATION TO STATION
DIRECTOR: DOUG AITKEN
US, 2015

Provocative mulitmedia artist Doug Aitken’s STATION TO STATION is high-speed road trip through modern creativity made-up of 62 one-minute films. In the summer of 2013, his nomadic “happening” crossed North America by train from East to West over 24 days. The train set in motion a series of events, each unique to its location and mix of creative participants. The film includes profiles, moments on the train, conversations, and performances at different locations that range from artist Ed Ruscha describing the discoveries to be made in the great American landscape to Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert. In between, a kaleidoscope of experience and artistic productions that involve dozens, including Jackson Browne, Cat Power, Patti Smith, William Eggleston, Dan Deacon, Mavis Staples, Thurston Moore and Savages, Giorgio Moroder, along with flamenco dancers, marching bands, and the kinetic drawing machine of artist Olafur Eliasson. (71 min.)

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Thu, Oct 1, 2015
at 7 PM

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THE SALT OF THE EARTH
DIRECTOR: WIM WENDERS
GERMANY, 2014

For the last 40 years, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, witnessing some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation, and exodus. After documenting so much human trauma and exploitation, he is now dedicating his talents to revealing pristine territories, wild fauna, and flora as part of a huge photographic project that pays tribute to the planet’s beauty. Salgado’s life and work are revealed by his son Juliano and Wenders, himself a photographer. “Mesmeric and unforgettable. . .Wenders’ mastery of the documentary form is again on display… [Salgado’s] sculptural use of light and space is combined with a deep empathy for the human condition, resulting in richly complex black-and-white images that capture the dignity within every subject.”—Variety. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at both the 2015 Academy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. (110 min.)

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Wed, Oct 7, 2015
at 7 PM

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MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
DIRECTOR: JENNIFER BAICHWAL
CANADA, 2006

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES explores the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. Baichwal’s film follows him through China as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, Baichwal extends the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. (90 min.)

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Sat, Oct 10, 2015
at 4:30 PM

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BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING
DIRECTOR: NEIL BERKELEY
US, 2012

You may not know painter-cartoonist-puppeteer-filmmaker Wayne White by name, but you know his work. A guiding force behind PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, White made an indelible mark on ’80s and ’90s pop culture by creating some of the decades’ most arresting and iconic images. BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING chronicles his ongoing struggles to find peace and balance between his brilliant art directing work on TV, music videos (Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Gabriel), and commercials (Wieden+Kennedy’s Old Spice), and his witty, irreverent “word paintings.” “[White is] ... a little bit Zach Galifianakis, a little bit Snuff Smith, a little bit Unabomber.”—Matt Groening. “Hilarious ... Wayne rails against the pretentious, pointy-headed high-art establishment, serving as a compelling folk hero for those who never knew art could be fun.”—Variety. (87 min.)

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Sun, Oct 11, 2015
at 2 PM - CANCELED

Wed, Oct 21, 2015
at 7 PM

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD
DIRECTOR: TAMRA DAVIS
US, 2010

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. From his early, cryptic street art to his meteoric rise to prominence in the New York art world, Basquiat exhibited genius. He infused his work with an intentional childishness that contrasted sharply with his catalog of intellectual, anatomical, sociopolitical, historical, and graphic influences. By the time of his premature death in the 1980s he was no less than the prince of the post-pop scene. Combining never-before-seen interview footage with commentary from friends and contemporary art world luminaries, Davis offers a compelling introduction to a singularly driven creative personality, an artist who could paint masterpieces in an hour (earning him Andy Warhol’s extreme jealousy) and find endless inspiration in the oversaturated culture from which he emerged. (88 min.)

Due to a scheduling conflict, the 2pm show on October 11 is canceled. We are sorry for the inconvenience.


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Wed, Oct 14, 2015
at 7 PM

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
at 2:30 PM

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TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART
DIRECTOR: JAMES CRUMP
US, 2015

As part of the 1960s/1970s rebellion against materialistic values sweeping American culture, a cadre of artists sought to create a new, epic art that transcended the limitations of painting and sculpture and was one with the outdoor environment. Converging architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology, and photography, they strove to make work that—they thought—would make it hard to buy and own. TROUBLEMAKERS unearths the history of the monumental scale and the outsized ambition of these iconoclasts and includes rare footage and interviews centering on the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field), and Michael Heizer (Double Negative)—a headstrong troika that established the genre and influences the work of such other artists as Nancy Holt, Dennis Oppenheim, Carl Andre, and Vito Acconci. (72 min.)

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Sat, Oct 24, 2015
at 2 PM

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GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
DIRECTOR: BEN SHAPIRO
US, 2012

Gregory Crewdson’s riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight. Set in small towns in western Massachusetts or in meticulously recreated interior spaces, his strange tableaus call to mind the haunting worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and Edward Hopper. Shapiro’s fascinating profile includes stories from Crewdson’s childhood (in which he tried to overhear his psychologist father’s patients), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus’s work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons comment on the motivation behind their friend’s haunting images. But Crewdson remains his own best critic: “Every artist has one central story to tell. The struggle is to tell and retell that story over again—and to challenge that story. It’s the defining story of who you are.” (78 min.)

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Sat, Oct 31, 2015
at 4:30 PM

Wed, Nov 4, 2015
at 7 PM

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DOWNTOWN 81
DIRECTOR: EDO BERTOGLIO
US, 1981

This fanciful urban fairytale is an essential time capsule of post-punk club land in Lower East Side Manhattan in the early 1980s. The not yet famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat stars, along with such hipsters as John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Vincent Gallo, Deborah Harry, and rap legend Melle Mel, as he makes his way in a scene exploding with new wave music, new painting, hip-hop, and graffiti. Among the leading bands of the era captured onscreen are Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, The Plastics, Walter Steding and the Dragon People, Suicide, and Basquiat’s own band, Gray. (73 min.)

On view at the Portland Art Museum, Nov 4–Feb 21, is “Paige Powell: The Ride,” a three-channel digital projection and installation featuring her personal archive of never-seen recordings and images of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the New York art world in the 1980s.


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