Jul 6 2011

Movie Night at the 39th Street Gallery

Thursday, July 7 — 7:00 pm

A new film every First Thursday of the Month
A free event. Refreshments provided.

[Update July 8 — in place of the previous scheduled Marwencol the following documentary was shown:]

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Poster for "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.
(88 minutes, not rated)


Marwencol (2010)

Marwencol is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp.

"Marwencol" PosterAfter being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art,” forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.

“… an exhilarating, utterly unique experience …”
Los Angeles Times

“… exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do.”
Village Voice

(83 minutes, not rated)

39th Street Gallery and Project Space
entrance on 39th Street

at the Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722