Art Film: Red Grooms Shorts Ii

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Tappy Toes | Hippodrome Hardware | Red Grooms’ Target Discount Store

Total runtime: 83 minutes

Tappy Toes | 1969 | 19 minutes

Using his own sculpto-pictorama City of Chicago as the set, Grooms creates an extravaganza that captures the stylish flamboyancy of Busby Berkley's Hollywood magic combined with the political bullyism of Mayor Richard Daley's circa-1968 Chicago.

Hippodrome Hardware | 1973 | 43 minutes

Presided over by the antic Mr. Ruckus (portrayed by Grooms himself), a crew of klutzy carpenters tries to build a house in this live action and animated film, based on a 1972 performance by the artist. Says Grooms, “I've always been interested in the theatre, and I was always fascinated that the biggest theatre that there ever was in New York was called the Hippodrome. And in the Hippodrome they put these enormous works on that were almost avant-garde because they were so big—they had horses charging in; really crazy stuff... And the 'hardware' in my title can refer to the mechanics of the theatre as opposed to the software. To me it's like a very strong metaphysical quality in theatre, this creaky thing: trying to make these inanimate things work, and the size and so forth involved. Plus the film is about people like carpenters building things, which uses hardware. There are different plays back and forth on the title.”

Red Grooms’ Target Discount Store | 1970 | 21 minutes

Filmmaker Al Kraning makes a vivid documentation of the construction, painting, and exhibition of the artwork Red Grooms’ Target Discount Store, made in Minneapolis in the spring of 1970. The end result is an unusually intimate observation of Grooms as he works with a group of artists to create a large scale environmental sculpture under and in unusual circumstances.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent, on view October 15 though January 8.

$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.
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