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Basil King: Between Painting and Writing  from September 2 – December 24, 2016
Curated by Brian Butler and Vincent Katz

Thursday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.

Basil King: Mirage is a 2012 documentary (22 min) about BMC alumnus, painter, and writer Basil King by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. The film depicts the intimacy between writing and painting in King’s work. This short film will be followed by a poetry reading by Basil King. Free for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $5 for non-members

Friday, September 2, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery talk with Basil King at 6:45 p.m. Brooklyn resident and Black Mountain College alumnus Basil King exemplifies the intentional independence and purposeful interdisciplinary qualities that Black Mountain College is famous for. And just like Black Mountain College’s legacy, King’s career defies easy categorization as he moves effortlessly from writing to painting and back again. Free admission! WORKSHOP on PROCESS Reading, Writing and Editing Sunday, September 4, 10:00 a.m. – Noon Black Mountain College alumni Basil and Martha King are both writers with an extensive publishing history. Additionally, they are each other’s first reader. In this workshop Basil and Martha will talk about their process and share their experiences on the hows and whens of reading and editing. $15 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $30 for non-members


"This is a tremendously rewarding film. I knew the artist's name and couldn't quite get a good recall of the extent of the work.
What the film does is to give me that in an eloquent form, with clear and sympathetic attention to the work and artist. It's really worth seeing."

Allen Fisher (UK poet & painter, author of Gravity )

"The film is moving, extremely beautiful and beautifully made, a lyrical work of art on its own, standing inside and alongside the works of Basil King and directors conjoined, a heart-warming vehicle. The shooting (framing etc) and the editing are impressive. It is a very fine, very elegant tribute to BK's art, his poetry, his scholarship, his survivor's courage. BK has encountered many fine hands and minds; I do not know how many of these have properly encountered him. It has long struck me that a great deal of time is necessary for one's appreciation of his fervent merits to mature. It is more than high time that I could see his work in its original birthplace."
—Nathaniel Tarn (Anthropologist/Poet/Translator, author of Recollections of Being.

"Nicole Peyrafitte’s multidisciplinary repertoire can’t have helped but inform the wry sensitivity with which she’s molded this project along with her co-director Miles Joiris-Peyrafitte, whose attentive camera work further enriches this collaboration..." more here
Patrick Bennan (resolve40.com )

Screening at ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES- NYC September 22, 2012

Charles Bernstein perspective
Poet Charles Bernstein perspective/photo of the event

Nicole Peyrafitte, Joseph Mastantuono, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Nicole Peyrafitte: co-director & producer,
Joseph Mastantuono: associate producer & postproduction
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte: co-director & editor
photo: Belle Gironda



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