Summer American Art Film Series at MMofA
This summer the Mobile Museum of Art hosts a free Sunday afternoon series of art documentaries that explore the mind and mechanics of creation. Pulling from a selection of both well-known and hidden gems of the profuse documentary genre, we invite you to come cool down with a smart film and picnic in our air conditioned auditorium. We provide the popcorn, bring your own libations for a relaxing summer habit that’s sure to inspire.
Sunday, June 19 @ 2 p.m.
What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
As one of the world’s preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers’ values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as “America’s greatest photographer,” she first came to international prominence in 1992 with “Immediate Family,” a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her own children. This work, and the controversy that followed it, was chronicled in Steven Cantor’s award-winning short film, Blood Ties.
WHAT REMAINS returns to follow the creation of Mann’s new seminal work: a photo series revolving around various aspects of death and decay. Never one to compromise, Sally Mann reflects on her own personal feelings toward death as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary photography. Shown at home on her family farm in Virginia, she is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process as it unfolds allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world.
Spanning five years, WHAT REMAINS contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann’s work, and is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist.