Inside the Collection
Selected Works from the CBU Art Gallery's Permanent Collection
Opening March 20, 2015
Did you know? The CBU Art Gallery's permanent collection consists of nearly two thousand works of art of regional, national and international significance. Surveying over forty years of collecting activity at Cape Breton University, this exhibition contains 50 works of art from the CBU Art Gallery's permanent collection organized to trace both institutional history and to highlight particular works and areas of strength within the collection. Keep and eye on our facebook and instagram channels for sneak previews of the show!
Opening reception: Friday March 20, 6-8 PM. Everyone is welcome!
CBU Art Gallery Film Series
In conjunction with the CBU Art Gallery's exhibition Into the Collection, the gallery is hosting a bi-weekly film series exploring the sometimes strange drive institutions and individuals have to collect and organize. Screenings will be held from 7-9 PM . Admission is free, snacks and beverages by donation.
March 19: The Real National Treasure (2010) and Inhaling the Spore (2004)
The Real National Treasure
Housing many of the Nation's most unique and priceless pieces of history, the U.S. Library of Congress is a library unlike any other. In this fascinating look at the more than two-century-old institution--the largest library in the world, viewers take a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the Library's vast collections. Here, upwards of 745 miles of shelves hold close to 145 million items, many of them invaluable treasures, from George Washington's hand-written diaries and personal copy of the Constitution to historic drafts of the Declaration of Independence to Galileo's first images of the moon. See how a staff of approximately 4,000 people catalog, protect, and preserve these prized possessions and how modern technology has enabled them to distribute these items globally through its award-winning website and a new World Digital Library. Featuring rarely seen footage of the library's secret vaults and incisive expert interviews, THE REAL NATIONAL TREASURE is a must-see for any history fan. (Duration: 47 minutes, 2010, Directed by Bruce Nash, 2010).
Inhaling the Spore
A fascinating look into an obscure institution, this documentary visits the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, Calif. Comprising a collection of exhibits, dioramas and curios -- most of which seemingly have nothing to do with the Jurassic period or technology -- the museum offers an intellectual trip down the rabbit hole. The film includes interviews with founder and curator David Wilson and an extensive tour of the museum's oddities. (Duration: 35 minutes, 2004, Directed by Leonard Feinstein.)
April 2: F For Fake (1975)
Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world- renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself. (Duration: 88 minutes, 1975, Directed by Orson Welles.)
April 16: Hunters and Gatherers (1994) and So Wrong They're Right (2005)
Hunters and Gatherers
Hunters and Gatherers is a documentary about collectors of objects and icons which reflect the values, desires and nightmares of self and society. Everything from metal lunch boxes, bread tabs, toys, barbed wire, the titanic, paper, TV stuff, etc), the film explores the ideas and ideals, the dreams and obsessions, of the collectors themselves. Every collection is a confession -- a portrait of self and society. (Duration: 52 minutes, 1994, Directed by Darrell Varga.)
So Wrong They're Right
Director Russ Forster takes viewers on a 10,000-mile journey around the U.S. in search of a group of 8-track fanatics, or "trackers." The film follows the travels of Russ Forster and fellow 8-track enthusiast Dan Sutherland in search of like-minded 8-track fanatics. The result is over 20 interviews which delve into reminiscences, rants, political diatribes, fantasies, fix-it tips, sales pitches and everything else defining the skeptical yet inquisitive mind of the '90s 8-track enthusiast. It's not a film about nostalgia, as some might suggest; it serves as a statement of outrage from a population of consumers who are tired of being told what to consume. (Duration: 92 minutes, 2005, Directed by Russ Forster.)
April 30: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006)
Combining on-camera interviews and never-before-seen still and archival motion picture footage, the film was the first to exploit the immense archives at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. It was also the first to explore the complete spectrum of Andy Warhol’s astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940’s, to his untimely death in the 1980’s. We hear from confidantes and companions. We listen to experts in art and culture, some of whom find Warhol’s art wanting, his fame puzzling. The film also focuses on Warhol’s obsessive need to record and collect. (Duration: Two 1 hour episodes with a short interval. 2006, Directed by Ric Burns.)