Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, February 18, 2012

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2010 – directed by Charlie Ahearn)

Internationally renowned public artist Richard Hunt takes us on a tour through Chicago surveying his monumental outdoor free-form sculptures of bronze and steel and demonstrating his artistic process. He also takes us inside his gigantic steel works studio as he makes art and talks about his student days as an art prodigy, selling an early sculpture to The Museum of Modern Art, and reflects on his journey as an African American artist dedicated to abstraction. He concludes by sharing with us his collection of African sculpture and then leads us to another steel fabrication studio where he contemplates the future of massive works in progress.  This experimental, insightful, 44-minute documentary by the legendary Charlie Ahearn (director of the pioneering hip-hop documentary Wild Style) reflects Hunt’s passion for searching, creative work and unbridled freedom.  Hunt’s avantgarde musician friend for nearly 50 years, T.J. Anderson, composed the music used in this documentary in an attempt to reflect artists’ faith in abstract imagery in sculpture and music. Introduced by Valerie J. Mercer, Curator and Department Head of the DIA's General Motors Center for African American Art. An on-stage discussion with Richard Hunt will follow. (total program approximately 90 min.)

Saturday, February 18 at 4:00 PM. Admission free.