BEFORE THE TURKEY:
HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY
Monday, November 25
SVA Library West
133 West 21st St. (lower level)
Screening of the acclaimed documentary How to Draw a Bunny on artist Ray Johnson in celebration of BOB BOX SVA at the VCS Flatiron Project Space (through November 30).
How to Draw a Bunny: A Ray Johnson Portrait, is a feature-length documentary about the Detroit-born pop and performance artist Ray Johnson. Filmmakers John Walter and Andrew L. Moore delve into the mysterious life and death of Johnson, an artist whose “world was made up of amazing coincidences, serendipities and karmic gags,” according to Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times. After Johnson’s suicide, Moore and Walter conducted interviews with artists including Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, and James Rosenquist. In addition, they gathered photographs, works of art, and home movies, which were edited into a fast-paced narrative exploring the artist’s life. The filmmakers “couldn’t have chosen a more elusive subject for a movie; their success in evoking Johnson, and in documenting his world, is a triumph of sympathy over psychology, memory over historicism,” wrote Stuart Klawans for The Nation. The film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film also won the Grand Prix du Public 2002 at the Rencontres Internationales de Cinema in Paris and was nominated for a 2003 Independent Spirit Award and listed in New York Magazine’s “Top Ten of 2004.”
Co-sponsored with SVA Library West