Please note a few key program changes: the film begins promptly at 5:15.
The reading of King’s writings at 3:20 will feature Joe Elliot, Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, Martha King, Mitch Highfill and Michael Mann.
The basic plan is unchanged: “Basil’s Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King” at Anthology Film Archives on September 22, 2012, starts at noon and ends at 6pm.
The focus is the visual art of Basil King and includes conversations (illustrated with slides), original music inspired by King’s images and texts, and culminates with the debut screening of Basil King: Mirage, a film created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, commissioned by the Friends of Basil King.
12:00 noon – Doors open. Coffee. Book table for examination or sale.
12:20 KIMBERLY LYONS: Welcome remarks.
BURT KIMMELMAN: On the Friends of Basil King and why the Friends made this event.
12:40 DANIEL STANIFORTH: “The Green Man,” a music video. Staniforth’s original music and images from King’s The Green Man paintings.
1:00 “Origins and Sources”
ANDREW LEVY, MC, with EDNA AUGUSTA, HARRY LEWIS, and TOM PATTERSON: Tom Patterson on why Basil is not an “outsider” artist but a “hidden insider artist.” Harry Lewis on two paintings done when King was in high school and how they relate to King’s mature art. Edna Augusta, archivist, on her experience of discovering King’s art. Open for audience questions and comments.
2:15 “The Poetics of Basil King’s Art”
VINCENT KATZ, MC, with TOM FINK, PAOLO JAVIER, and BARRY SCHWABSKY: A wide ranging, conversational dialogue that tackles themes including hybridity, embodiment of image, poetic and visual line and color, spatiality and surface, and engagement with precursors in King’s work. Open for audience questions and comments.
3:20 “Selected texts by Basil King”
MITCH HIGHFILL, curator, with invited readers, and a performance of “I have a little song” with original music by NICOLE PEYRAFITTE and text from King’s Mirage.
4:00 “Place and Placelessness in Basil King’s Art”
KIMBERLY LYONS, MC, with WILLIAM BENTON, LAURIE DUGGAN, and GEORGE QUASHA: Taking off from King’s points of arrival, arriving at unknown ground, and figuring the where his paintings bring us to. With reference to the American and the European, geographic and minute, local/personal and art historical. Open for audience questions and comments.
5:10 NICOLE PEYRAFITTE and MILES JORIS-PEYRAFITTE, filmmakers: Brief remarks about the making of the film, shot in Basil King’s studio January, 2012.
Premiere of the 22-minute film, Basil King: MIRAGE
5:45 KIMBERLY LYONS: Brief concluding remarks. All are invited to the B Bar and Grill, East 4th Street at Bowery, after the program. Cash bar.