Drop in to screen art films, films that relate to artists and artworks in our galleries, and films about the ins and outs of the art world.
Summer-Fall 2017 Programs
Oskar Blues Presents Movie Night at The Collider: Earthcaster
AUGUST 29 – Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Meet at The Collider (1 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801; top floor of Wells Fargo building, across from Pritchard Park)
Free and open to the public; suggested donation at the door of $10/person
Thomas Sayre’s artmaking process blends art and science, addresses the past and future, and joins the natural and manmade in a sometimes dangerous dance of gravity and grace.
Bringing the North Carolina artist’s massive sculptress out of the earth is always collaborative, involving whole communities and many individuals who might not otherwise meet. The artmaking process begins with thoughtful conversations among citizens and elected officials about the work that they aim to commission and the messages to be conveyed. This experience of give-and-take flies in the face of the stereotype of the artist as a lone maverick or misanthrope. Indeed, when he is most successful, the pleasure of creation is broadly shared, and relationships endure.
The documentary Earthcaster explores these themes and is being shown on public television, at film festivals, and special events across the country. Because Sayre’s installations are so large and far-flung, the medium of film is the only way to capture a comprehensive retrospective of his most unusual and dramatic work.
We Shall Remain: The Trail of Tears
OCTOBER 6 – Friday, 6:00 pm
We Shall Remain is a provocative multimedia project that establishes Native American history as an essential part of American history. The centerpiece of this initiative is a film series that tells five heartbreaking yet inspiring stories that highlight native ingenuity and resilience over the course of 300 years. The series upends two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.
The third film in the series, The Trail of Tears, tells the story of Cherokee removal from their traditional home land. Though the Cherokee embraced “civilization” and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the US Supreme Court, their resistance to removal failed. As a result, thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma, a journey known as the Trail of Tears.
Planned in conjunction with Home Land.