Part of Echoes of the DeLuxe Art Show: The 5th Ward, Black Invention, and Modernism
Houston Cinema Arts Society presents a free screening of Time at Moonstruck Drive-In on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:30pm. Tickets are free but registration is required. Each ticket is per car, not person. This event is first come, first serve and a ticket does not guarantee a spot. Doors open an hour before the program. Food trucks will be available.
This film program explores some of the legacy of the 1971 DeLuxe Art Show. The DeLuxe Art show, curated by abstract artist Peter Bradley, and underwritten by Dominique and John de Menil, took place onsite at the historic DeLuxe Theater, currently having its 80th anniversary. The show featured both Black and white artists, apparently for the first time in US history. The style was abstract, modernist, with a heavy focus on color-field painting, not necessarily obvious choices.
The community the show took place in, and engaged, was the 5th Ward, with its own Black modernist legacy as a key engine of Black creativity and art making, ingenuity and politics. These themes are explored in films in the series as well as Deluxe Art Show's legacy -- the continued practice and expansion of Black modernism, breaking from forms and inventing new ones.
The director of Time, Garrett Bradley, is the daughter of artist Peter Bradley, who curated the DeLuxe Art Show in 1971. Time arguably embodies a passing of the Black modernist torch in its radical departure from traditionalist documentary tropes and grammar toward a completely new non-fiction form, faintly echoing the modernism, and breaking from convention, of the DeLuxe Art Show. Garrett Bradley won the directing award, in the U.S. Documentary category at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Fox Rich is an entrepreneur, author, and mother of six who has spent the last 21 years fighting for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence for an offense they both committed. She is assured and committed to sharing their story. When their sons speak to growing up without their father, they do so with a softer vulnerability than Fox can concede to. But home-video diaries she records for Rob offer unfettered glimpses into years of longing, pain, and hopeful anticipation of reuniting.
|Country, Year||United States, 2020|
|Producer||Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn, Garrett Bradley|
|Runtime||81 MINS, SECS|
|Event Type||Drive In|