Agitated Histories Film Series

- December 1, 2011

"A collaboration between The Cinematheque and SITE..."

Lenny - December 1

This collaboration between the Cinematheque at CCA, its director, Jason Silverman, and SITE Santa Fe, presents a film series in conjunction with Agitated Histories, the current show at SITE.

Tonight at 7:30 at CCA,  the series presents Lenny, the Bob Fosse-directed biography from 1974 about stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce. This is an interview-style biography of the controversial and pioneering Bruce, with Dustin Hoffman.

The film is presented in conjunction with Eric Garduño and Matthew Rana's The People v. Bruce, an installation in sculpture, photography and sound at SITE that explores the first amendment rights that were challenged in the 1960s during the trial of comedian Bruce.

The film traces Bruce from his beginnings as a Catskills comic to his later underground popularity based on his anti-establishment politics and scatological humor. Bruce's groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the establishment as too obscene for the public. This presentation includes an introduction by artist, Garduño.                                                                                                                                                                         

It is interesting to note that the subject is also touched upon in another film and one of my favorites, the thinly-veiled, autobiographical film about Fosse, All That Jazz. In All That Jazz, the Fosse-like character Joe Gideon, played  brilliantly by Roy Scheider, is continually running into an editing room to work on the film about an anti-establishment, politically-incorrect comedian, while trying to equally balance his time between directing a Broadway show and womanizing his way through New York’s theater district.

This screening is co-sponsored by the William Siegal Gallery.

Chicago 10 – December 15

This 2007 release, directed by Brett Morgen, uses animation to reenact the trial of Abbie Hoffman after the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. This presentation includes an introduction by director Morgen via Skype.   
Co-Sponsored by TAI Gallery and SITE, this high-adrenaline, entertaining documentary will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 at CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail.

For tickets, call CCA at 982-1338 or go to Tickets are $10/$5 for SITE/CCA members, seniors, and students.

Agitated Histories is organized by SITE's Phillips Director and Chief Curator Irene Hofmann and was presented at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore in 2011. It appears in an expanded form at SITE Santa Fe in collaboration with SITE's Assistant Curator, Janet Dees.