Drop City Screening & Panel @ Walker Art Center, MPLS, MNNov, 2015
Drop City Film Screening followed by Panel Discussion Nov. 12 (7:00 – 9:00PM)
This documentary tells the story of Drop City, the Colorado artists’ commune formed in 1965, which became an icon for a global counterculture. Directed by Joan Grossman; animations by Michael Krueger. 2012, 82 minutes.
A discussion follows with the film’s director Joan Grossman, the animator Michael Krueger, and Drop City cofounder Gene Bernofsky.
Artist and filmmaker Gene Bernofsky is one of the founding members of Drop City, one of the first countercultural communes in the United States. Taking inspiration from R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, the group began building their own colorful, hand-hewn versions out of scavenged wood, salvaged metal car tops, and other detritus, which they “dropped” across a seven-acre plot of land they purchased near Trinidad, Colorado. Bernofsky’s artworks and papers are archived at the University of Kansas Research Library in Lawrence, and his work is included in the exhibition Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.
Brooklyn-based Joan Grossman is an independent media artist, producer, and scholar. Working across documentary and experimental nonfiction, she has made projects for cinema, television, museums, and the web. Her work has been screened and exhibited in more than 20 countries and has won numerous awards, with projects in Africa, China, Russia, and throughout Europe.
Grounded firmly in drawing, Michael Krueger works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, animation, and ceramics. His work reflects a deep interest in American history, contemporary American culture, art history, the human experience, and personal memoir.