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Bradley Beesley‘s documentary about the women inmates involved in the Oklahoma State Pen’s prison rodeo looks amazing. Check it out:
And, if that didn’t sell you, here’s the press release:
From 1940 – 2008, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary held an annual “Prison Rodeo.” Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it was one of the last of its kind – a relic of the American penal system. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time. Oklahoma City born, Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Bradley Beesley premieres his new documentary and presents excerpts from his other richly eccentric films,including Okie Noodling (2001) and collaborations with fellow visionary Oklahomans, The Flaming Lips.
Beesley will be in attendance and will screen and discuss excerpts from other projects before and after the screening. Ogden Museum. $10 general admission, $5 members. 6 pm.
Tonight from 7:30-9:30 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Patrick F. Taylor Library will be a screening of the German Expressionist silent film classic Nosferatu, with live accompaniment from a visiting multi-instrumentalist and composer, Graham Reynolds.
Film at the O presents a special Halloween “live cinema” treat: Austin, Texas composer and multi-instrumentalist Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Golden Arm Trio) performs, for one-night only, his original score to accompany a screening of the Expressionist silent film vampire classic “Nosferatu” (F.M. Murnau, 1922, 81 minutes) on Wednesday, October 27 in the Ogden’s Patrick F. Taylor Library at 8 p.m. In what has become a cult ritual (and fiercely sought after ticket), Reynolds has accompanied the film, either solo or with various collaborators and in various incarnations, at Austin’s famed Alamo Drafthouse each Halloween weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to see it live here in New Orleans!
Afraid we’ve only seen the beginning of the world economy collapse? Is stockpiling gold a little to Tea Party-ish for you? If you’re looking for a place to invest your money–presuming you have any–why not collect art?
It’s funny, this morning I saw that one of my favorite local artists, Myrtle Von Damitz, has some new work for sale. If I had any money I would buy it. Although I already have a couple of her pieces. Perhaps I should diversify?
Looks like I should attend Collecting 101. The first installment in this series is self-taught artists, hosted by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. This evening at 6pm, there will be a panel discussion with prominent collectors of self-taught art. Call 539-9614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. $10, free for members.
IMAGE: “Cotton to Gin” (1950) by Clementine Hunter. Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Gift of Carolyn and James Fortino
Here’s a fabulous idea: Get the word out to artsy-types of all stripes about an evening of free food and booze and music and watch the cross-polination emerge like a fifth grade science experiment.
Culture Collision started last year as a way to introduce members of different artistic milieus to each other, with the hope that participation and attendance at each other’s events would increase. Imagine opera patrons rubbing elbows with street performers.
Apparently last year was a huge success. So they’re doing it again–this evening at 6, at NOMA.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
This unique event brings together New Orleans’ cultural organizations for a one of a kind happy hour designed to encourage participation and involvement in the New Orleans art scene. Over 1,300 people turned out for last year’s event, and due to that overwhelming success, this year’s Culture Collision has been expanded to accommodate the crowds. Participating organizations will now have tables on the first and second floors of the great hall, and additional food and beverage providers will be located throughout the venue. In addition, the after-party in the Sculpture Garden will allow for additional networking opportunities once the great hall is closed. Admission to the event is free, and attendees will have the opportunity to scope out upcoming events, take advantage of exclusive ticket promotions, and meet like-minded arts lovers. There will be performances by the acoustic duo, Courtyard Kings, and the after-party will feature the musical stylings of DJ Matty, favorite at local nightspots, including The Saint, Mimi’s, and The Saturn Bar. Light fare will be provided by Café Degas, Eat NOLA, Matt and Naddie’s, and Ralph’s on the Park, and several cash bars will also be available. Giveaways courtesy of participating organizations will be ongoing throughout the evening.
What to do on Katrina day?
You know what you shouldn’t do? Get home from work about midnight on the morning of Katrina day and open a bottle of wine and watch the first three hours of If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise. You will wake up on the afternoon of Katrina day feeling depressed and a little head-achy, and wishing you had gotten to bed early so that you could have headed over to NOMA, where people are doing constructive things with their Katrina angst.
Admission to NOMA is free this weekend. Yesterday and this morning they screened all of season 1 of Treme. Now, from 1-4, there is family art making in the Great Hall.
Also, here’s the press release for the exhibit which just opened:
UNTITLED [New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 2005] exhibition Misrach’s 69 photographs focus on the graffiti left by New Orleans evacuees, revealing a range of individual reactions and giving a human face to the wreckage. Among them are: “Don’t Try – I am sleeping inside with a big dog, an ugly woman and two shotguns …” “Hey Katrina!! That’s all you got? We will be back!!” and “Destroy this memory.”
Misrach shot the photographs between October and December 2005 with a 4 MP pocket camera. The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is also exhibiting the work. Five complete sets of the work have been created and are now in the permanent collections of NOMA, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
At 2, Misrach is giving a lecture in Stern Auditorium, and at 3 is signing in the Museum Shop.
Also, legendary bluesman Texas Johnny Brown will be performing. I love that his band is called the “Quality” Blues Band.
They are also promising that Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale cocktails will be flowing. And, if have kids, while you’re over at the bar imbibing whiskey, there is a kid’s art activity table to keep them occupied, oh yeah, and inspired.
What else you need?
Free for members. $10 general admission.