Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery will present a special screening of films by Brent Green on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in conjunction with the artist’s gallery exhibit. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Lenfest Center’s Keller Theatre and is free and open to the public. Green’s performances feature live narration by the filmmaker who is accompanied by an ensemble of musicians.
Green’s exhibition, God Builds Like Frank Lloyd Wright, will be on view in Staniar Gallery Oct. 2 – Nov. 5.
Brent Green is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker based in Cressona, Pa. His critically acclaimed films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Center and numerous other venues around the world.
The exhibition will feature two of Green’s early short films accompanied by the drawings, film cels, sets and sculptures that evidence the extensive creative process and become unique works of art in and of themselves.
The centerpiece of the performance event will be Green’s first feature-length film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, which recounts the true story of a hardware store clerk from Louisville, Ky., who built an extraordinary house in the vain hope that it would save his wife from terminal cancer. The peculiar structure (constructed in the 1970s and since destroyed) was a jumble of impossibly tiered floors, vaulted ceilings and twisted walls. Green reconstructed the residence for the film in addition to building four other houses and extensive sets.
For the W&L presentation, Green will be accompanied by a 7-piece band that includes Brendan Canty of the band Fugazi; Mike McGinley and Alan Scalpone of Chicago’s The Bitter Tears; Drew Henkels of Brooklyn’s Drew & The Medicinal Pen; Todd Chandler of Dark Dark Dark; and sound designer Donna K. on foley.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.