ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue
bet. 127th and 128th Streets
New York, NY 10027
Wednesday, July 11
Dir. Vivian Ducat, 2011, 75 min. Curated by Sylvia Savadjian and followed by a Q&A with director Vivian Ducat and artist Winfred Rembert
Dir. Vivian Ducat, 2011, 75 min.
With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry they show as recently as the 1960s and 70s. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist-and his art-is made, ALL ME is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.
Q&A with director Vivian Ducat and artist Winfred Rembert to follow screening.