An Evening with Robert Williams
East Coast premiere. Presented by Nancye Ferguson and Douglas Blake; followed by a conversation between Williams and Carlo McCormick, culture critic and senior editor of Paper magazine
Monday, February 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Includes the following film:
Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin'
2010. USA. Directed by Mary C Reese. Codirected and produced by Nancye Ferguson, Douglas Blake, Michael La Fetra. 90 min.
Juxtapoz magazine founder and self-described “conceptual realist” painter Robert Williams (b. 1943) is regarded as the godfather of the Southern California–based Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist art scenes. He began his career as a commercial artist for Kustom Kulture entrepreneur Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the mid-1960s, and was later a member of the Zap Comix collective that included R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Spain Rodriguez, and Rick Griffin. In the late 1970s he helped organize the Art Boys, a loosely affiliated fraternity of L.A. artists that included Gary Panter, Mike Kelley, Matt Groening, and The Pizz. While he was already a towering figure in the underground comix and music scenes, his work reached a new audience when the painting Appetite for Destruction (1978) was used as the original cover image for the 1987 Guns N’ Roses album of the same name. This opening program in the exhibition “All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film features the East Coast premiere of Mary C Reese’s biographical documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’.
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