Saturday October 26
Sunday, October 27
$5 members + students
Art Over Politics:
The Persistence of Dreams
THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART
How does art survive in a time of oppression? A series of three films, Art Over Politics: The Persistence of Dreams examines the crucial relationship between contemporary art and politics even as it extends the possibilities of the documentary form. The films highlight three particularly excruciating clashes between art and political power from fall around the globe. In each case, it is an individual’s personal vision, persistence and passion that transcend a political or culture’s repressive structures.
During Soviet rule, artists who stayed true to their vision were executed or sent to mental hospitals or gulags. Their plight inspired curator Igor Savitsky, who pretended to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescued 40,000 works by forbidden artists and created a museum for them in the Uzbekistan desert, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field, and Ed Asner, The Desert of Forbidden Art showcases an inspiring dedication to art and stunning works. Film by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev, 2010, 80 min.
Click below to view an introduction to the film by David Henry, Director of Programs.