An inspiring film with unforgettable imagery, Los Niños Abandonados (1975, 63 min., color, Spanish with English subtitles) was filmed by Danny Lyon in Sana Marta, Colombia. The film shows the daily rhythms of a gang of urchin boys who live on the city’s streets and congregate around the cathedral. Their wily survival skills and errant lifestyle are in evidence as they beg for scraps to eat, wheel and deal with storekeepers and street vendors, and play and swim together.
Willie (1985, 82 min., color and b&w), by Danny Lyon and Nancy Weiss Lyon, was shot with stark realism in Bernalillo, New Mexico, home of the filmmakers and their subject, Willie Jaramillo. Defiantly individualistic and implacable in the face of authority, Willie is repeatedly thrown into jail for relatively minor offenses.
Tonight's program includes a screening of Soc. Sci. 127 (1969, 21 min.) and Leesburg (2015–2016, 8 min.) by Danny Lyon, followed by a discussion between the artist and Julian Cox, chief curator and founding curator of photography, FAMSF. Lyon will be signing the exhibition catalogue, Message to the Future.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 104 min) is a naturalistic film noir classic (resembling numerous B-films) of the early 1950s directed by John Huston. The realistic, documentary-like, urban crime/heist film, advertised as "A John Huston Production," is one of the first films that completely detailed how to pull off an authentic-looking heist—considered morally improper under the Motion Picture Production Code.
Artist Frank Stella in conversation with Timothy Anglin Burgard, Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of American Art
See this video presentation followed by a Q & A with Karen LaMonte via Skype.
Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has received numerous awards including a USA Berman Bloch Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Grant, Virginia Groot Foundation Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Most recently, she completed Aspects of (American) Life, a commission for the New Britain Museum of Art (CT) and is in the process of working on Secretary with Chipmunk, a multipurpose sculpture for the Chipstone Foundation.
Jessica Stewart is a Kress Fellow at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Chris Baty founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999, and oversaw the event's growth from 21 friends to more than 300,000 writers in 90 countries. Baty serves as a Board Member Emeritus for NaNoWriMo, and teaches at Stanford University's Writer's Studio, giving talks about writing and creativity, helping companies with content strategy, and endlessly revising his own novels. He's the author of No Plot? No Problem! and the co-author of Ready, Set, Novel.