Monday, June 01, 2009

AC Screening and discussion: Jean-Luc Godard Film

Art Comments Hosts Its First Screening and Q&A

written by Anne Marie D. Lee in New York

A posh group of art world insiders turned up for an engaging evening of cinema and dialogue last Tuesday night, at the luxurious Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC, popcorn included. In celebration of 50 years since the start of the French New Wave era, Art Comments presented a screening and discussion of Jean-Luc Godard's "In Praise of Love". Released in 2001, Godard's film of densely articulate imagery, lumbering pace and sharply opinionated dialogue exemplifies the experimental form and freethinking spirit of this revered cinematic movement. It is also a tribute to Godard's mastery over the cinematic medium, obtaining from it a stylistic malleability that feels as bold and new today as in the early 60s.

Enhancing the film-viewing experience was a brief though engaging Q&A that analyzed the film through the lens of contemporary discourse with Jonathan T.D. Niel, contributor for Art Review magazine and Peter Duhon, director of Art Comments, that also included several provocative questions and statements from the audience. Conversation continued at the hotel bar, where the valiant evening came to an end at around 10:00pm.

Judging by the attendance and the lively conversations that ensued after the screening in the lounge, it was a successful inaugural event that hopefully, says Duhon, "Will serve as an apparatus for further events that facilitate dialogue centered within the discourse of contemporary artistic practice today."

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