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Boca Raton Museum of Art's new online video shines a light on "The
Signing," an artwork by Renee Cox (pictured above) that is making its
museum premiere with this exhibition. Her work glamorously re-imagines
the signing of the U.S. Constitution with women and men of color in
place of the founding fathers. The Museum will exhibit this artwork for
several months, through September of 2021.
new art video for Black History Month also showcases "My 13 Presidents"
by Benjamin Patterson (above), the only Black member of the Fluxus Art
Movement and its only Black member.
was also a symphony musician and had to emigrate to Europe in 1960
because at that time no orchestras in the U.S. would hire Black
musicians. In his wry series, the artist humorously depicts the13 U.S.
presidents that served during his lifetime (1934 - 2016) and ends with
President Obama. Patterson died in June of the election year 2016, leaving us to wonder how his ironic presidential depictions might have evolved during present times.
Strange Fruit in Florida - Online Webinar
The story of Florida’s painful history of racial violence
The Boca Raton Museum of Art invited Dr.
Tameka Hobbs, the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Founding
Director of the FMU Social Justice Institute at Florida Memorial
University, to present an online lecture for Black History Month. This
online lecture for Museum members is now available for the public to
also view, with free access until March 4th.
above, Dr. Tamika Hobbs, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and
Founding Director of the Social Justice Institute at Florida Memorial
University. Educational presentation video at: youtu.be/t0sXF5KQ3V0
In the video lecture, Dr. Hobbs shares the story of Florida’s painful history of racial violence (the video lecture includes graphic historic images that may not be suitable for children).
Dr. Hobbs highlights civil rights activist Harry T. Moore’s fight
against lynching and the Ku Klux Klan that led to the murder of Moore
and his wife, in a bombing of their Brevard County home.
presentation is titled Strange Fruit in Florida (referring to the 1937
song Strange Fruit made famous by singer Billie Holiday about the
lynching of African Americans). The lecture was moderated by Duane Smith, the Adult & Community Programs Coordinator at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Funding
for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida
Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Black History Month Online Arts Programs from the Boca Raton Museum of Art:
History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to
recognize the achievements by African Americans, the history of Black
Americans and their central role in U.S. history, and is also known as
African American History Month.
In the United States, the
Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration,
National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National
Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African
Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in
During Black History Month, as detailed in this article in Ebony Magazine
by Dr. Gregory Carr, Associate Professor and Chair of Howard
University’s Department of Afro American Studies, America is ". . .
challenged to contemplate the global and national journey and
achievements of its African-descended residents. The ritual was born and
driven by the single-minded devotion and sacrifice of Carter Godwin
Woodson (1875–1950), a son of formerly enslaved parents who defied
American apartheid to acquire a Harvard Ph.D., using it with remarkable
efficiency to create organizations and rituals that continue to shape
our struggle for intellectual liberation."
The Signing, by Renee Cox
New video online for virtual viewing. Her artwork is exhibited at the Museum through September of 2021.
"The imagery of The Signing,
by Renee Cox, brings to light that although people of color did not
participate in the signing of the Constitution, they have most certainly
played important roles and made vital contributions to the building of
this country," says Kathleen Goncharov, Senior Curator of the Boca Raton
Museum of Art. "Museum visitors are encouraged to acknowledge that
people of color have been largely left out of history books,"
Renee Cox's witty and dramatic large-scale work re-interprets Howard Chandler Christy’s historical painting, Scene at The Signing of the Constitution of the United States (housed at the U.S. Capitol building).
contemporary and glamorous twist of the historic painting, her 12-foot
long photograph re-imagines women and men of color in the place of the
Founding Fathers. Her subjects are all decked out -- some in current
fashions, others in 1700s period clothing, and some wear dazzling
her photography, Renee Cox states: "This work aims to unleash the
potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new realm of
possibilities. It's about time we re-imagine our own constitutions,"
says Renee Cox.
in this earlier work by the artist, Renee Cox re-imagines herself as
Raje, her racism-fighting super-heroine character in her artwork titled
"Raje For President" (from 1998).
My 13 Presidents, by Benjamin Patterson
New video online for virtual viewing. His artwork is currently on view this season at the Boca Raton Museum of Art
Patterson was a founding member of the Fluxus art movement, and the
only Black member of Fluxus. His wry presidential portraits strike a
curious chord during contemporary election cycles.
In his series My Thirteen Presidents,
Patterson juxtaposes the presidents that served during his lifetime
(from Roosevelt to Obama) in typical Fluxus fashion: exposing the
convergence of their circumstances and the decisions they each made
during their presidency.
He draws the foundation of each president’s character through popular astrology, extending to the cosmos and nature.
Above: image of President Obama by Benjamin Patterson, from his series "My 13 Presidents."
About the Artists Renee Cox and Benjamin Patterson
Renee Cox (1960) This bio is sourced from the artist's website.
Renee Cox is one of the most controversial African-American artists
working today: using her own body, both nude and clothed to celebrate
black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and
sexist. From the beginning, her work showed a deep concern for social
issues and employed disturbing religious imagery.
her first one-woman show at a New York gallery in 1998, Cox made
herself the center of attention. Dressed in the colorful garb of a black
superhero named Raje,
Cox appeared in a series of large, color photographs. In one picture
she towered over a cab in Times Square. In another, she broke steel
chains before an erupting volcano.
In the most pointed picture, entitled The Liberation of UB and Lady J, Cox's Raje
rescued the black stereotyped advertising figures of Uncle Ben and Aunt
Jemima from their products' labels. The photograph was featured on the
cover of the French newspaper Le Monde. In the series Flipping the Script, Cox took a number of European religious masterpieces, including Michelangelo's David and The Pieta, and reinterpreted them with contemporary Black figures.
continues to push the envelope with her work by using new technologies
that the digital medium of photography has to offer. By working from her
archives and shooting new subjects, Cox seeks to push the limits of her
older work and create new consciousnesses of the body. Cox's new work
aims to "unleash the potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new
realm of possibilities". "It's about time that we re-imagine our own
constitutions." states Cox.
Benjamin Patterson (1934 - 2016) This bio is sourced from Wikipedia and from Monoskop:
The artist was born in Pittsburgh. He attended the University of
Michigan from 1952 to 1956, where he studied Music (the contrabass),
Composition, and Film Direction. His works are featured in the
Silverman Collection exhibitions around the United States. Patterson was
one of the founders of the Fluxus Art Movement, and its only Black
an African American musician, it was impossible for him to get a job at
a symphony orchestra in the United States at that time in history, so
he started out playing with Canadian orchestras and emigrated to Europe
in 1960. The artist said: “America was not yet ready for a Black
symphony musician." Returning to New York and receiving his master's at
the end of 1965, Patterson retreated from art for several years.
the next two decades he pursued a career in arts administration -
managing a variety of music, theater and dance companies and serving as
administrator or consultant to municipal, state and federal arts funding
agencies. He worked as general manager in the Symphony of the New World
(1970–72), as Assistant Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs
for New York City (1972–74), as director of development for the Negro
Ensemble Company (1982–84), and as National Director for Pro Musica
Foundation Inc. (1984–86). Although he remained outside the Fluxus scene
during this period, he did occasionally surface with performances and
new works for such events as the 20th Anniversary Fluxus Festival in
Wiesbaden in 1982 and the 1983 Bienal de Sao Paulo, and has been well represented in the various exhibitions throughout the United States.
a nearly twenty-year hiatus, Patterson reemerged in the late 1980s to
resume his career as an artist. In 1989, Patterson returned to Europe to
live, creating a vast repository of scores, paintings, and sculptures.
He has exhibited or performed widely in venues in New York, Brisbane,
Prague, Winnipeg, Tusa (Sicily), Athens, Kassel, and elsewhere. In 1988
Patterson was featured in a solo exhibition of new assemblages and
installations at Emily Harvey Gallery in New York. He participated in
several Fluxus Festivals, and exhibitions of the group. Between 1988 and
2003, he participated in nine group and four solo exhibitions.
About Dr. Tameka Hobbs
Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a native of Live Oak, Florida, and a graduate
of Florida State University where she earned her doctoral degree in
United States History, and Historical Administration and Public History.
She is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Founding
Director of the FMU Social Justice Institute at Florida Memorial
has taught courses in American, African American, oral history, and
public history at Florida A&M University, Virginia State University
in Petersburg, Virginia, and John Tyler Community College, in Chester,
addition to her teaching experience, she has served as a researcher,
writer, consultant, and director for a number of public and oral history
projects in Florida and Virginia, including the African American
Trailblazers in Virginia History Program, a statewide educational
program focused on celebrating African American History.
professional experience includes serving as Director of Projects and
Programs for the John G. Riley Museum and Center of African American
History and Culture, located in Tallahassee, Florida. After relocating
to Virginia, between 2006 and 2007, Hobbs worked as the historian and
coordinator of the Valentine Richmond History Center’s Richmond History
In 2011, she authored a children’s book about the Library of Virginia entitled To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia.
joined the faculty of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens,
Florida, in August of 2011. In 2012 and 2013, she participated in the
“Route to Our Roots: The Power of a Greater Vision” Lecture Series,
sponsored by the John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American
History and Culture and the Florida Humanities Council for the Viva
Florida 500 observance of the state’s quincentennial. Her book,
Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida will be
published by the University Press of Florida in August 2015.
About the Boca Raton Museum of Art
off its eighth decade in 2021, the Boca Raton Museum of Art encompasses
a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park and the Art
School. As one of South Florida’s cultural landmarks, the Museum has
provided cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many
visitors from around the world, since it was founded by artists in
Support for #BocaMuseumatHome and #KeepKidsSmartwithArtvirtual
programming is provided by Art Bridges Foundation. Museum hours,
admission prices and more visitor information available at bocamuseum.org/visit.
Minari; Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities; Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time; Two of Us.
NOW STREAMING: Museum
Town; Another Round; Acasa, My Home; The Salt of Tears; Some Kind of
Heaven; Identifying Features; Rock Camp: The Movie; My Rembrandt;
Atlantis; A Glitch in the Matrix; M.C. Escher: Journey Into Infinity.
STREAMING SOON: Leona; The Road Up; Demon Lover; Un Film Dramatique/A Dramatic Film; Days of the Bagnold Summer.
CLOSING SOON: The Weasel's Tale; Museum Town; Night Shift; Acasa, My Home; Rock Camp: The Movie.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:
Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities; Un Film Dramatique (opening 2/26).
New releases will be
available beginning 12:00 p.m. CT the day the film is available, unless
noted. Confirmed end dates are now listed.
Two weeks only: 2/12 - 2/25
2021, Lee Isaac Chung, USA, 115 mins
In English and Korean
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a
Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of
their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the
arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.
Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged
Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really
makes a home. (Description courtesy of A24)
In conjunction with A24, the Film Center is excited to present this
special engagement of Lee Isaac Chung's MINARI, providing patrons early
access to watch the film on February 12, two weeks before its PVOD
A portion of sales made from tickets purchased on our website will benefit the Gene Siskel Film Center.
2/12 - 2/25 OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES
2021, Various directors, USA, 95 mins
“Not only will I stare, I want my look to change reality" - bell hooks
In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and
their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back.
From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK
FILM IDENTITIES features timely stories from Black artists that take us
outside of the ordinary. (Description courtesy of Full Spectrum
Screen to Screen Filmmaker Q&A:Join us Tuesday, February 16, 7pm for a Q&Awith filmmakers from OUR RIGHT TO GAZE:
BLACK FILM IDENTITIES, a series of six short films featuring timely
stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.
Our guests will be: Kyla Sylvers, writer, actress, and producer of THE BLACK BANSHEE; Ya'Ke, director of THE PANDEMIC CHRONICLES; and Zora Bikangaga, director of AUNTIE ZARIYAH.
PREPARATION TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME
2021, Lili Horvát, Hungary, 95 mins
Hungarian with English subtitles
"The film is reminiscent of works by Krzysztof Kieślowski and
Claire Denis, and the noir-tinged cinematography by Róbert Maly adds
much to the mystery." - Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
After 20 years in the United States, a Hungarian neurosurgeon returns
to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous with a fellow doctor she met at a
conference. When the love of her life is nowhere to be seen, she tracks
him down only to have the bewildered man claim the two have never met.
(Description courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment)
Awards & Nominations
Winner, Gold Hugo, New Directors Competition - Chicago International Film Festival
Nominee, Best International Film - Film Independent Spirit Awards
2/12 - 3/11
TWO OF US
2019, Filippo Meneghetti, France / Luxembourg / Belgium, 95 mins
French with English subtitles
Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for
decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply
neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go
between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of
daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship
upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the
truth about them. (Description courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)
Awards & Nominations
Winner, Outstanding First Feature Award - San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
Winner, Merlinka Queer Film Award - FEST International Film Festival
Shortlisted: Best International Feature - 2021 Academy Awards
2/19 - 3/18
2021, Isaac Cherem, Mexico, 94 mins
Spanish with English subtitles
An intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a
young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her
family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal
conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth
of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning
sentiment is both painful and beautiful – there are no easy choices to
be made and the viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles
with her heart to take the best path. (Description courtesy Menemsha
Awards & Nominations
Best Debut Feature - UK Jewish Film Festival 2019
Winner, Best Actress (Naian González Norvind) - Morelia International Film Festival
Spring (exact dates TBD) THE ROAD UP
2020, Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs, USA, 93 mins
THE ROAD UP follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training
program, as they struggle to find the path from rock bottom to stable
employment. Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by
their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own complicated past compels
him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction,
homelessness, and trauma. Taken together, their stories create a
powerful mosaic of the struggles that millions of Americans face every
day in a precarious and unforgiving economy—the daunting and often
interconnected challenges that prevent so many from joining the economic
mainstream. Because when everything behind you is wreckage, and
everything in front is an obstacle, how do you find the road up?
(Description courtesy of Siskel/Jacobs Productions)
2/19 - 3/18 DEMONLOVER
2002, Olivier Assayas, France, 122 mins
In English; French and Japanese with English subtitles
"Captures a certain state of the contemporary world with the acuity,
sensitivity, and precision of a seismograph registering the planet’s
tectonic shifts" - Serge Kaganski, Film Comment
Perplexing and perverse, Olivier Assayas' (PERSONAL SHOPPER, THE
CLOUDS OF SIL MARIA) cyber-thriller DEMONLOVER was met with critical
confusion when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, but
with Janus Films' 2K restoration of the unrated director's cut, Assayas'
neo-noir feels especially ahead of its time, revealing a story that,
nineteen years later, is a prophetic critique of media, capitalism,
corporate culture and the anonymity of the internet. Connie Nielsen
plays Diane, an icy French media executive, playing both sides of a
lucrative merger in the adult animation market. A quiet, constantly
moving shark, Diane appears in complete control of her duplicity,
until additional players, including her colleagues Elise (Chloë
Sevigny) and American executive Elaine (Gina Gershon) reveal themselves
to be sharks in the water as well. As Diane loses her control, Assayas
spins the film into a disorienting, bleak and violent commentary on
watching without understanding, violence as entertainment, and what we
sacrifice for the sake of commerce. (Rebecca Fons)
Awards & Nominations
Nominee, Palme d'Or - Cannes Film Festival
2/26 - 3/25 UN FILM DRAMATIQUE
(A DRAMATIC FILM)
2019, Eric Baudelaire, France, 114 mins
French and Romanian with English subtitles
"A rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to
associate with the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very
best." – Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope
Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora
Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, UN FILM DRAMATIQUE is a
lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed over the
course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss the
drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and equipment.
They are the film’s subjects, and also its makers.
With a refreshingly uninhibited approach, Baudelaire (LETTERS TO MAX,
THE ANABASIS OF MAY) offers a new perspective on the realities of our
current socio-political moment that is both playful and purposeful. As
the students debate the approaching elections and the immigration
crisis, they also seek to answer a key political question—what are we
doing here together? (Description courtesy Cinema Guild)
Movie Club discussion: Wednesday, March 24, 6pm.
Awards & Nominations
Nominee, Moving Ahead Award - Locarno International Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award, Departures Feature - Indie Memphis
2/26 - 3/25 DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER
2021, Simon Bird
UK, 86 minutes
In English; CC available
"Funny, acerbic, yet surprisingly tender." - Mark Kermode, The Guardian
After plans to visit his estranged father in Florida are dashed, lanky,
sulking and greasy-haired teenager Daniel (don't call him
Danny) Bagnold is stuck for the whole summer with his awkward but
well-intentioned librarian mother, Sue. Seemingly polar opposites - Sue
remains doggedly chipper even as Daniel retreats further into his
Metallica t-shirts and dour attitude - mother and son are both lonely,
quiet dreamers, searching for possibilities that the summer might hold.
In his feature debut, director Simon Bird (THE INBETWEENERS) tenderly
adapts Joff Winterhart's graphic novel of the same name, offering a dual
coming-of-age story that deftly weaves humor with pathos, in a film
that is less about revelatory moments than it is about the intimate tick
tock of a relationship that is impossible not to root for. Set to the
music of Belle and Sebastian (with some doses of heavy metal, of
course), DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER is a confident debut that is sweet
but never treacly. (Rebecca Fons)
Awards & Nominations
Nominee, Variety Piazza Grande Award - Locarno International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Debut Screenwriter, British Independent Film Awards
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Our Right to Gaze: Black Identities Tuesday, February 16, 7pm CT
Join us for a virtual Q&A with filmmakers
from OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES, a series of six short
films featuring timely stories from Black artists that take us outside
of the ordinary. Our guests will be: Kyla Sylvers, writer, actress, and producer of THE BLACK BANSHEE; Ya'Ke, director of THE PANDEMIC CHRONICLES; and Zora Bikangaga, director of AUNTIE ZARIYAH.
M.C. Escher: Journey Into Infinity Thursday, February 18, 5pm CT
Join the Film Center for a Facebook Live Q&A for M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY w/ filmmakers Robin Lutz and Marijnke de Jong, moderated by Robyn Farrell, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Since 1972, the
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The
Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate
diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing
work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of
essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative
discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film
Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every
year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center
in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel.
Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists,
designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts
graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report
, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as
well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago
museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s
undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the
freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago
and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as
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