The 19th annual documentary series entitled “Why Art Matters” will begin with Eva Hesse.
Eva Hesse is co-sponsored by the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, the School of Visual Arts and the Respect Diversity Foundation. It follows the story of the daughter of two refugees who becomes the center of the 1960s New York art scene.
The documentary series coincides with the annual poet visit center officials arrange. This semester’s selection is Simon Armitage, a U.K. poet, novelist and playwright.
Dr. Tracy Floreani, English professor and center director, said the three documentaries were chosen to illustrate why art matters in society, and that Armitage often writes on similar themes.
Floreani also said she is excited about this year’s series.
“It’s nice to be doing documentaries at a time when documentaries are getting a lot of attention,” she said.
Harrison Langford, acting sophomore, said the documentaries in the series are especially valuable in the current state of the world.
“In today’s political climate, I think it’s important to emphasize the arts and reteach history to the generation that will take over soon,” he said. “I would be very interested in attending. I love history, especially when it can be applied to events occurring in my world today.”
Shendra Stevens, acting freshman, said the documentaries are timely.
“It hits on powerful women, refugees coming from hard places, very empowering. I would definitely go,” Stevens said.
All of the documentaries will be screened at 2 p.m. in Kerr-McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business.
– Eva Hesse will be screened March 26,
– A Ballerina’s Tale: The Incredible Rise of Misty Copeland will be on April 9, and
– Thunder Soul will be April 23.
Armitage will speak 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. April 5 in Kerr-McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business. He also will host an open mic at 6:15 p.m. for anyone who wishes to read their work live.
Admission to all events is free.