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On Film: Keeping It Reel at CASA Gallery


For over 15 years Darcy Logan has made it his mission to put Lethbridge, and specifically the CASA Gallery on the map for bringing thought-provoking films to a small arts centre. This year marks not only a resurgence of movie culture, but the culmination of years worth of work. Keeping It Reel is a thematic documentary film series that runs each month at CASA, whose stories revolve around powerful subjects.

Black Art: In the Absence of Light (Directed by Samuel D. Pollard, 2021) – Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art.” The film introduces audiences to the work of some of the foremost, cutting edge Black visual artists working today.

Julie Mehretu: Palimpsest (Directed by Susan Wald & Edgar Howard, 2021) is also on the bill. Julie Mehretu has been an internationally acclaimed artist for the past two decades. Her work is featured in some of the most prestigious museums around the world. The film traces Julie Mehretu’s preparations for a retrospective, leading up to the installation and realization of the survey of her work at LACMA. Through the artist’s own commentary coupled with interviews with art world associates, never before has there been a more transparent window into an artist’s process.

Both of these movies will screen Wednesday, February 8 at the CASA Gallery in Lethbridge. Darcy Logan from CASA shed light on the series and the screenings with Tony King: