Monday, August 16, 2010

back to the grind (almost)

We have one more week before school starts (aka hurricane hits). I am trying to do a fast painting. I would love to be done soon (sat? sun?) I think I might title it "Happy meal?" Those anthropormorphic sandwiches get me everytime.

On Tuesday, I am going to the screening  of Citizen Architect at the Lyric in Oxford.Needless to say, I can't wait to see the film. Contemporary architecture, ingenious materials, and Hale County, Alabama....

Here is what I wrote about Mockbee in Jan-
5. Rural Studio at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2004. Organized by David Moos

I saw the Rural Studio show when I moved back to Alabama after grad school. I love the show and especially the concept of the Rural Studio. One of the most important things I got out of the show- you can make interesting, dynamic, and contemporary work and live in the South. I needed that at the time.
Honorable mention- Joan Mitchell in 2002

Here is the press release from the Oxford Film Festival:
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
Tues., August 17, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Lyric Theater (1006 Van Buren Ave.)
Filmmaker in attendance
$20 reserved / $10 general /
$5 student

This moving documentary film chronicles the work of late architect and MacArthur foundation "genius grant" recipient Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program called the Rural Studio that he founded in Hale County, Alabama in 1992.  Mockbee was a fifth-generation Mississippian, winning many national awards for innovation in architecture. 

Oxonian Carol Mockbee, producer of Thacker Mountain Radio (and Sambo's daughter) is also in the film bringing one of her father's last designs to life.  Sam Douglas, the film's director, joining us from Austin, TX, will lead a Q & A session with Carol to follow the film.  Beginning at 7:00 p.m. will be the evening's music by Oxford musician Jake Fussell, who composed the film's soundtrack.
Click here to view the film's trailer.
Presented by the University of Mississippi Museum and sponsored by Hardy Reed Capital Advisors LLC, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Lyric Oxford, the Memphis Flyer, WideEye Design and the Oxford Film Festival.

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