@ MASS MoCA
A new afternoon tradition: a variety show all based in nonfiction, hosted by humorist David Rees, known for as the creator of Get Your War On and for his pencil-sharpening prowess. He will teach us how to do things right. Archivist Rich Remsberg presents his “History Jukebox,” an interactive game show that reveals a few of the 20th century’s forgotten flotsam and jetsam. Photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally reveals the “The Boys of Troy” (NY) and musicologist David Rothenberg accompanies us to hear new songs of the humpback whale. Opening the show will be Francesca Shanks who rocks the uke and belts it out.
Plus THREE SHORT FILMS:
“Abandoned Goods” (dir. Pia Borg & Edward Lawrenson, 37 min.)
Between 1946 and 1981, patients at a rural English mental hospital participated in a pioneering art therapy program run by the artist Edward Adamson. Like a time capsule from inside the asylum, Abandoned Goods mines a rich archive of thousands of works to become a profoundly moving exploration of outsider art. The film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects.
“World of Tomorrow” (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, 17 min.) from brilliant animator Don Hertzfeldt who tells the story of a young girl named Emily who meets a version of herself from the future.
“The And: Marcela and Rock” (dir. Topaz Adizes, 12 min.), a committed couple undertakes an intensely personal Q&A where they confront their demons and bonds.
Post-film conversation with Shawn Rosenheim and directors Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson.