Presented with Darger HQ, this one-time screening will be followed by a post-film panel discussion.
Succumbing to cancer at age 34, Eva Hesse’s short career established her as one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Best known for spare sculptural works that helped established the minimalist movement, Hesse was nevertheless a polymath, working in multiple media. EVA HESSE is the first feature-length appreciation of the category-defying artist’s life and work, told through journal entries, correspondence with mentor Sol LeWitt, and interviews with fellow artists (including Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham). The documentary captures the vital work, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make art that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.
Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring local artists and sculptors with Angie Seykora, Instructor of Fine Arts at Creighton University; Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, independent artist living between Lincoln and Brooklyn and co-director of Fiendish Plots in Lincoln, NE; David Helm, Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Moderated by Launa Bacon, Board Chair of Darger HQ.