March 27, 2009

Me and Joan

Me and Joan at Zeitgeist last night. By the way we didn't get raided. Babbie took the shot. Today (March 27) I'm at the Berkshire Community College Art Gallery, 1 Columbus Avenue, from 1 to 4 to talk with people who drop in to see my Dresden Firebombing show. 

March 26, 2009

Tonight there's an Evening with the Artist at the Zeitgeist Gallery at 684 North Street, Pittsfield. The subject is Joan of Arc and I'm the artist. It's taking place in conjunction with my show, Jeanne d'Arc, which opened there last Saturday. (See previous post.)
It starts at 7 and I'll talk a little (if you're lucky) about Joan of Arc and then open it up to a conversation with the audience - if there is one.
You're all invited.
While I'm carrying on, Carl Th Dreyer's classic silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, will be playing on the wall thanks to Nicole's magic projector. That gives the audience a distinct advantage. You can watch the movie instead of listening to me.
Renee Falconetti, as Joan, gives an amazing performance.
Playing the movie could provide some excitement. The FBI could raid the joint. You know how you're warned at the beginning of each DVD not to show this in public for love or money?  Well this is one of those illegal showings. The Swat Team could burst in at any time.
By the way, this is for love, not money. Despite all this potential excite,emt. tjere's no admission fee.
P.S.  Tomorrow (Friday) I will be at the new downtown Berkshire Community College Art Gallery from 1 to 4. Drop in and see my show, The Dresden Firebombing. That's an order. I'm going to need some company.

March 25, 2009

Photos of the Shows

Jeanne d'Arc

Jeanne d'Arc, the series I've been working on for nine months, opened Saturday at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Nineteen of the 33 are hanging there.

There was a lot of people, a lot of talk, a lot of enthusiasm (he said modestly).

Pittsfield has five galleries downtown and right now two of them are exhibiting solo shows of my work. The first show at the  new Berkshire Community College Art Gallery was of my Dresden Firebombing paintings. Do I sound like I'm bragging? You have it right.

At Zeitgeist, 684 North Street (Across from Family Dollar) there's going to be "An Evening with the Artist" this Thursday night. It starts at 7 and will be an exchange with the audience about Joan of Arc. Carl Th. Dreiser's classic silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, will be projected against a wall during the conversation. Wait until you see Renee Falconetti as Joan. She gives one of the great performances in film.

I'm a big Joan of Arc enthusiast ever since reading the transcript of her heresy trial held in 1431. She was brilliant in strategy and leadership and turned the tide of the Hundred Years War. Before she took command of the French army England was winning decisively. The French generals had been timid. She was bold and inspired. 

Eventually captured, she was tried by the English and their sympathisers and burned at the stake. She was 19.