Sympathy For The Devil + Lorraine O’Grady: A Portrait

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Sympathy For The Devil + Lorraine O’Grady: A Portrait
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Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA says
Sympathy for the Devil was selected to be shown at Cinematheque by New York-based visual artist Adam Pendleton, subject of the one-man show “Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible” at MOCA Cleveland through 5/14. Pendleton regards the Godard movie as a suitable companion piece to his 2012 short film Lorraine O’Grady: A Portrait, which will precede the feature at 7:00 pm.

Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil (1968) alternates between reflections on contemporary politics and social issues of the late 1960s, all while giving an unprecedented view of The Rolling Stones' creative process in the recording studio. Godard is an acclaimed director whose approach to bridging politics and art in film has strongly influenced Adam Pendleton’s practice.

Pendleton’s short film, Lorraine O’Grady: A Portrait, is an intimate look at the iconic black performance artist in recent years. It features O’Grady reciting a chronology of her artistic career. Pendleton, however, disorients viewers by disrupting the normal progression of narrative through sound effects, abrupt cutaways, and fragments out of context. By doing so, he highlights the continuing influence of historic artists and artistic moments on the contemporary moment. This Pendleton-curated film program is co-presented by the Cinematheque at our neighboring Cleveland Institute of Art.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA

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