Film industry veteran Bobbi Thompson (who created the concept of Producer Rep while installing William Morris Agency with her brand of independent film representation), is creating an Andy Warhol inspired, site specific visual arts center combining arthouse cinema, gallery and studio space.
A weekend-long Pop Up Art & Movie show at Bergamot Station launches the nonprofit with a group show titled BRAIN STATES, featuring artwork from DTLA’s ECF ART Centers, Project Onward of Chicago, Il. And Little City Center for the Arts in Palatine Il.
Opening Night’s Reception, free to all on Saturday December 5th 6pm-8pm, honors the directors of these three Arts Centers dedicated to advancing the work of artists of exceptional talents living with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
The evening concludes with a screening at 8:00 pm of the controversial “Jason and Shirley,” recently acquired by MOMA. Filmmaker Stephen Winter will be on hand for a Q&A led by Pitzer College Professor of Media Studies and film critic Alexandra Juhasz who is also an expert on feminist cinema.
Known for nurturing the careers of James Cameron, Tim Burton, Ang Lee, Gus van Sant and Trey Parker, Bobbi Thompson championed the films of maverick talents like Robert Altman , Stephan Elliott, and John Cameron Mitchell, Bobbi states, “When I have a clear vision of what is the best in each artist and their work,” says Thompson, “I want you see what I see — and to respond to it actively. I am excited to continue to present radical cinema, 2-D art created by some of the most extraordinary creative minds today, and I hope you will come to build your contemporary collection.
Right now I’m working on all the last details for the show. I cannot believe I am really doing this, but here it all is and people are being incredibly generous with time and goods, actually donating money on my nonprofit site and being very encouraging about the concept. Tomorrow I am meeting at the gallery to go over tasks for installation and at the reception with some of my volunteers who have been introduced to me from three programs that provide transition-to-employment skills training for young adults living with autism and other brain-based difference. They are all emerging artists themselves.”
Gallery hours on Sunday are 11:30-5pm. Sunday’s Matinee screening begins at 2pm.
Visit www.joyfactorygallery.com for information on ticketing for the screening.