film/Still: <em>Gabriel</em> – Clyfford Still Museum



Photo: James Dewhirst Photography

film/Still: Gabriel

Wed, Aug 28, 2019, 7–9 pm
Venue: Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4255 West Colfax Avenue

If you enjoy thoughtful films that spark lively conversation and satisfy both your intellect and your heart, then welcome home. The visceral power of visual art meets the narrative depth of cinema in film/Still, the critically acclaimed partnership between the Clyfford Still Museum and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema created to present groundbreaking films that address an array of themes about art and the human experience.

Gabriel (Agnes Martin, 1976, 78 minutes)
Post-film talkback led by Dean Sobel

Filmed with an Aeroflex camera in various locations throughout the American Southwest, including Colorado, Gabriel is the only motion picture by the Canadian-American painter Agnes Martin (1912–2004). It follows a ten-year old boy as he wanders aimlessly across varied landscapes. These scenes are interspersed with sequences of running creeks, fields of flowers, and excerpts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. For Martin, her film was about “happiness, innocence, and beauty…it’s about this little boy who climbs a mountain and all the beautiful things he sees” and was made “to protest the commercial films being negative, [those that are] about deception and deceit and violence.” The title references the Biblical Archangel, Gabriel, who symbolized purity.

According to Pace Gallery, “Martin’s work is recognized as pure abstraction, in which space, metaphysics and internal emotional states are explored through painting, drawing and printmaking.”

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