Film Screening: ‘Hadn’t I once a youth that was lovely, heroic, fabulous’

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Saturday 9 December 2023

Free, come on the day subject to availability

Join us for a screening of a series of films selected by artist Vivienne Dick


For this programme, artist Vivienne Dick has selected films relating to sex made by women beginning with Gunver Nelson’s extraordinary film, ‘Take Off, (1972), depicting a mature stripper with a surprising ending. Tessa Hughes Freeland’s Baby Doll (1982) documents the urban demi-monde of two Go-Go dancers in downtown Manhattan, while Rachel Garfield’s Art Sex Work (2022) is a nuanced reflection on sex work today. Southwark Spring (2017) by filmmakers Bev Zalcock and Sarah Chamber’s is a lo-fi joyous ode to life with a dramatic soundtrack by Pierre Henry. The final film, Christmas on Earth first introduced the Velvet Underground to Warhol. Amy Taubin calls it ‘the most transgressive and transcendent American avant-garde film of the 20th century”.  The title is derived from Morning, a poem by Arthur Rimbaud. Introduction and post-screening of Q & A with Vivienne Dick.

Free, come on the day, subject to availability

Christmas on Earth to be accompanied by a soundtrack selected by Vivienne Dick following B Rubin’s projection instructions.

IMAGE: Barbara Rubin taken in London in May 1965 by Allen Ginsberg. Owned by Peter Hale. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barbara_Rubin,_London,_May_1965.jpg

This film is part of a series of monthly film screenings, curated by artist Vivienne Dickin tandem with our Andy Warhol Three Times Out exhibition. The next film screening is Portrait of Jason by Shirley Clarke (1967), on Saturday 13 January

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