San Diego, CA— MCASD and ArcLight Cinemas have partnered for a special screening of Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The screening is held in conjunction with the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, on view at MCASD Downtown through June 28, 2015. The screening will take place at ArcLight La Jolla.
The evening will begin at 7 PM with a talk by MCASD’s Chief Curator Kathryn Kanjo about the exhibition and the artist. The film will begin at 7:45 PM.
Fold Crumple Crush—a 53-minute documentary filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States—is a powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist. This insightful film provides an insider's view of El Anatsui's practice, as he spends thousands of hours laboring to convert used bottle tops into massive, opulent wall hangings. In the film, the artist explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture--objects that speak of African history while also reaching for the ethereal.
The screening of Fold Crumple Crush launches the Art Night @ ArcLight film series, for which MCASD will screen a selection of art-related films at the upscale La Jolla movie theater. Art Night @ ArcLight is part of an ongoing partnership between MCASD and ArcLight Cinemas, which began in 2014 with a panel discussion on art collecting, preceding the Museum’s 2014 Biennial Art Auction.
"Film offers another entry point into the world of contemporary art," said MCASD’s Chief Curator Kathryn Kanjo. “We are delighted to extend our patrons' art experiences beyond the Museum walls and, in turn, to offer Arclight's film audiences this glimpse into our art world.”
“MCASD and Arclight’s shared appreciation for the arts and artistic process makes this a natural partnership for us,” said Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President at Arclight Cinemas. “We believe in upholding the integrity of an artist’s work by providing an environment that complements the beauty and emotion an artist intended, whether through artworks or films.”
This screening is presented courtesy of Icarus Films. DVDs of Fold Crumple Crush are available for purchase at MCASD’s X Store for $29.99.
As part of this partnership, attendees of Art Night @ ArcLight will be granted free admission to the Museum when presenting their Art Night @ ArcLight movie ticket or receipt.
MCASD Members will receive a discounted $6.50 popcorn and drink combo whey they show their membership cards.
About the exhibition
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui features the artist’s signature hangings composed of discarded liquor bottle caps, as well as sculptures crafted out of milk tin lids and aluminum printing plates. Anatsui uses copper wire to connect countless units of cut and folded metal into massive expanses. The frugality of the materials and this patchwork technique suggest the mass consumption habits that his accumulations evidence, and counter the opulence of the finished objects. Whether hanging from the ceiling or on the wall, Anatsui’s works are refigured and draped anew each time they are installed. Malleable and shimmering, they bridge painting and sculpture, taking on a different form with every installation. Anatsui wishes for his art to remain fluid, reflecting the ever-changing nature of life. The exhibition's 11 metal objects, along with the artist’s wall reliefs of reclaimed wood and works on paper, fill MCASD Downtown’s 10,000-square feet of gallery space, with the largest piece spanning 35 feet.
For media interested in interviews with MCASD’s Curatorial staff, stills from the film, or images of the exhibition, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub or Communications Associate Patricia B. Dwyer.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.
Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.