Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
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The art of fine-art printing gets a loving albeit brief ode from director David Lynch, who has fashioned a seven-minute documentary about the famous Idem Paris atelier.
Idem Paris recently posted the video online and we’ve embedded it above. Virtually wordless, the movie observes the lithographic process with a detached eye, documenting the steps.
Idem Paris was created in 1880 by the printmaker Emile Dufrenoy. The atelier is located in the city’s Montparnasse district, and occupies a 15,000-square-foot space, according to the company’s website.
For Lynch, who has embraced digital technology in his moviemaking in recent years, the documentary is a tribute to analog creativity in which precision is achieved through laborious physical work rather than the click of a mouse.
The director’s last feature movie was “Inland Empire” in 2006. Since then he has been hard at work on his online projects, promoting transcendental meditation and creating visual art that he has shown at galleries. His paintings and sculptures were shown in 2011 at a Santa Monica gallery.
On the Idem website, Lynch discusses his introduction to Idem Paris in his typically chipper way, and explains why he thinks “it’s so beautiful!”
I do adore my gingham plaid, however I don’t know if I would be willing to pull all of my pennies from the piggy bank for the infamous blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the unforgettable film, “Wizard of Oz.”
The dress is anticipated to be auctioned for close to half a million dollars. Auctioneer Darren Julien, will coordinate the auction next month. Since the film’s release in 1939, the white-puff sleeve and blue gingham pinafore dress has been the inspiration of millions of costumes sold during Halloween.
Although several dresses were made for the production, this particular dress is the only complete version seen in the film to survive.
History? For sure… and all it costs is a “yellow brick” of gold – for the love of fashion.
This is a portrait of one of my best friends, Gatsby. He is absolutely the sweetest little kitty I know. It’s just another lazy day for Gatsby in Northport.
An Inferno Concepts Picture
MFA Graduate Exhibition opens May 11 at the Phoenix Hotel, with a special Preview Party on May 10 benefitting SFAI’s scholarship fund. Additional capstone events include MFA Film Screening at SFMOMA and MA Symposium.
The San Francisco Art Institute, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious contemporary art colleges, is proud to showcase an impressive body of student work during the 2012 Graduate Events. Continuing the school’s legacy of innovative thinking and experimentation, this year’s events offer an exciting opportunity for nearly 100 emerging fine artists to unveil publicly their work in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, and performance.
SFAI will stage its Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Graduate Exhibition and Vernissage Preview Party at the historic Phoenix Hotel in the Tenderloin from May 10-13; the MFA Film Screening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on the afternoon of May 11; and its Master of Arts (MA) Thesis Symposium at SFAI’s historic Russian Hill campus on May 7. These unique events give the public a chance to engage with new talents in the Bay Area art scene at some of the most prominent art venues in the city.
MFA GRADUATE EXHIBITION
SFAI’s graduating MFA students will transform the iconic Phoenix Hotel for four days, displaying their art-including many site-specific pieces and collaborative installations-in guest rooms, poolside, and throughout the hotel. Their diverse, ambitious work will highlight distinct points of view as well as new, cutting-edge directions in art today.
“The MFA Graduate Exhibition is one of the most exciting times for SFAI’s Graduate Program, when we see in one place the manifestation of two years of labor, sacrifice, and commitment by a new generation of artists ready to contribute to the landscape of contemporary art and culture,” says Tony Labat, Director of MFA Programs. “The Bay Area has always been at the forefront of artists and curators seeking alternative spaces for exhibition and production, and this exhibition continues that important tradition.”
The public is invited to purchase tickets to SFAI’s exclusive Vernissage Preview Party, the premier annual fundraiser for the nonprofit institution, held in support of student scholarships. Guests will be the first to mingle with and view the work of the graduating artists, while also enjoying food, drinks, and live performance art.
Preview Party ticket-holders at the patron level will receive early entrance and a guided tour of the exhibition by a curatorial guest from one of the region’s top museums, including Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum; Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Betti-Sue Hertz, Director of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and others.
The Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Thursday, May 10, 6-10 pm
Tickets start at $200.
Call 415.749.4512 or visit www.sfai.edu/previewparty
Vernissage Opening Reception:
Friday, May 11, 6-8 pm
Free and open to the public
Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13
Open daily noon-10 pm
Free and open to the public
MFA FILM SCREENING
SFAI partners with the SFMOMA to showcase works by graduating MFA Film students. From an experimental documentary about the Occupy movement to an animated short starring an otter and lemur living in a submarine, the films highlight the artists’ engaged and idiosyncratic approaches.
“In the 21st century, it is our mandate to create groundbreaking, original, and hybrid storytelling,” says Lynn Hershman Leeson, Chair of the Film Department. “We are proud to screen works by students who incorporate the spirit of experimental cinema, which artists at the San Francisco Art Institute pioneered, into unique and compelling cinematic visions.”
Phyllis Wattis Theater
151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Friday, May 11, 1-3 pm
Free and open to the public
MA THESIS SYMPOSIUM
Graduating students in SFAI’s Master of Art Programs in Exhibition and Museum Studies, History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Urban Studies, and the MA/MFA Dual Degree will present selections of their completed theses in a day-long public event. Engaging a diverse range of topics across global contemporary art practices, the Thesis Symposium represents the capstone of a two-year process of research, critical inquiry, and writing. This year’s cohort has taken up such subjects as the place of the Iraqi National Museum in the public imaginary, the resituating of Ana Mendieta for contemporary Cuban artists, and the “crude politics” of aesthetic radicalism in the post-Soviet context.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Monday, May 7, 10 am-5 pm
Free and open to the public
About San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), a nonprofit art college, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. A small school with global impact-notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Ruby Yang, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Lance Acord, and Kehinde Wiley-SFAI enrolls approximately 650 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and offers a wide range of continuing education courses and public programs. The historic Chestnut Street campus is located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, and the Graduate Center is located in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.
For more information about SFAI, please visit www.sfai.edu.
(For the original version on PRWeb visit: www.prweb.com/releases/prwebsfai/2012graduateevents/prweb9422433.htm)
In addition to being one of Woody Allen’s best films, “Annie Hall” also changed women’s fashion. When Diane Keaton donned a casual, menswear-inspired look, stylistas of ’77 shouted, “chic!”
“Flashdance” may not be a masterpiece, but this fan favorite made Jennifer Beals’ leg warmers, leotards and oversized sweatshirts become a definitive look of the ’80s.
As Eliza Dolittle in “My Fair Lady,” Audrey Hepburn’s costumes were amazing — they certainly don’t make hats like they used to — but they still don’t compare to the simple elegance of her black sheath dress and bejeweled up-do in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Marilyn Monroe never hit the big screen without looking sensational, but her white dress in “The Seven Year Itch” might be the single most iconic fashion piece in film’s history.
Love it or hate it, Carrie Bradshaw’s style is all her own. Her wedding dress in the first “Sex and the City” movie, designed by Vivienne Westwood (not pictured here), sold out in less than a day.
|WHEN||Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 8:00PM|
|WHERE||La Pomme | 37 West 26th Street | New York City, NY 10010-1025|
|DETAILS||21+ event. Cocktail attire. Tickets are $10 via presale.|
WHAT IS RAW?
RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.
RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 22 artistic communities nationwide through monthly showcase events. Join us in celebrating the work of these artists.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW.
RAW events feature a cash bar for cocktails while you enjoy the night. Dress code is cocktail attire, so dress the occasion and get ready for an artistic circus of creativity!