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19th Annual Documentary Series Begins with ‘Eva Hesse’ Mar. 26

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s spring documentary series “Why Art Matters” begins its 19th year at 2 pm Mar. 26 with Marcie Begleiter’s new film Eva Hesse.

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As the wild ride of the 1960s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born, Jewish American artist, was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention it deserved. However, when she died in May, 1970 from a brain tumor, the life of one of that decade’s most passionate and brilliant artists was tragically cut short. Eva Hesse deepens our understanding of this extraordinary artist, not only in terms of her ground-breaking work, but also the life that provided the fertile soil for her achievements. The documentary not only traces Eva’s path but engages in a lively investigation into the creative community of 1960’s New York and Germany.

The series is sponsored by OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. This special screening of Eva Hesse is co-sponsored by the OCU School of Visual Arts and The Respect Diversity Foundation.

The screening begins at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

ACCOLADES FOR EVA HESSE

-“Eva Hesse pays a gratifying amount of attention to the thinking and the techniques that produced her art, and invites viewers to contemplate it further. It’s like a comprehensive exhibition catalog or a thorough critical essay — an indispensable aid to understanding and appreciating a fascinating artist.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times

-“Begleiter has streamlined the young artist’s life story while placing the canvases and sculptures front and center in Eva Hesse, a vibrant, affecting piece of filmmaking… [that] creates a vivid sense of her drive, magnetism and, crucially, her working methods.” Sheri Linden, The LA Times

UPCOMING FILMS

* April 9, Nelson George’s A Ballerina’s Tale: The Incredible Rise of Misty Copeland

* April 23, Mark Landsman’s Thunder Soul