July 20, 2012 – 7:00 pm
Film: Waste Land
Auditorium ~ FREE; first come, first served
Both Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime, on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from May 25 through September 3, 2012, and Constable: Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum, on view in the Upper-Level Galleries from June 22 through September 30, 2012, explore the natural world. Edward Burtynsky’s work depicts modern landscapes that have been irrevocably altered by industries that feed the world’s appetite for material goods, while John Constable’s (1776–1837) oil sketches reflect his study of transient atmospheric effects, emblematic of one of the great innovators of British landscape painting. The documentary films that support these exhibitions examine various subjects related to the natural world and offer varying perspectives of the planet that we inhabit.
About the film:
This documentary of artist Vik Muniz’s journey from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil highlights the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Vik Muniz collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, who live and work in the garbage. The artist takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Directed by Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and João Jardim, 2010. 99 minutes. Unrated. Nominated for a 2011 Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature.