SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of two documentaries, “Cavedigger” and “The 100 Years Show,” starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
Both films are shorter than usual Friday Film Series documentary runtimes, so the Friends of the Visual Arts film committee members elected to combine the two screenings.
"Cavedigger" is about artist Ra Paulette using nothing but hand tools to obsessively dig cathedral-like "eighth-wonder-of-the-world" art caves in the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Paulette has chosen to forgo commissions altogether and create a massive 10-year project — his magnum opus.
"The 100 Years Show" is the story of Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, who, at 100-plus years, sketched by the window of her New York City apartment every morning. She produced disciplined, radiant works in straight lines and shapes in just two colors, but the art world ignored her for decades. Her story is just one example of many great artists whose accomplishments were overlooked because of their gender, ethnicity or nationality.
For more information, call (936) 468-1131.