Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, June 01, 2014

12:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

Filmmaker Mathew Barney returns to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Sunday, June 1, for an exclusive screening of his newest work, River of Fundament, at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre, and a pre-movie brunch and post-movie afterglow. The almost-six-hour movie runs from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with two intermissions).

River of Fundament is a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.

Act 2 is principally filmed in Detroit—in Delray, on the Belle Isle Bridge, in the Rouge and Detroit Rivers, and at the landing for McLouth Steel in Trenton. More than 200 members of the local music and art scene contributed to this magnum opus.

During his visit Barney will “Sign the Beam” at the Scarab Club (on John R street across from the DIA) during a patron brunch.  He will join legions of arts luminaries including Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Isamu Noguchi, Marshall Fredericks, and Tyree Guyton. Barney will be joined by Detroit-based cast and crew for the screening and celebrate with them at a ticketed afterglow in Rivera Court.

The day’s schedule is:
11 a.m. – Brunch with the artist, beam signing at Scarab Club
12:30 p.m. – River of Fundament, Detroit Film Theatre
6:30 p.m. – Afterglow with Matthew Barney, cast and crew in the DIA’s Rivera Court

Tickets range from $20 to $150, and include complimentary parking. Tickets for the brunch and afterglow are limited. To purchase, call 313-833-4005 or go to

The film premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February and has since been exhibited in Munich, Adelaide, Vienna, and Reykjavik.

River of Fundament, produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation, is presented worldwide on behalf of the artists by Manchester International Festival. This event is sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art in partnership with College for Creative Studies and the Scarab Club.

Tickets levels are:
Student $20: with ID (available in person only)
General $35: includes complimentary parking in designated lots
Patron $150: includes brunch, beam signing, film, afterglow and valet parking
Afterglow $100: no film or other event included.

Online ticket prices include a $3.50 handling fee.