Film & Talk: Screening of Lana Jokel's film on Keith Sonnier and talk

Film Still from Lana Jokel's film about Keith Sonnier. Courtesy of the artist.

Join filmmaker Lana Jokel for a screening of her short film, “Keith Sonnier-Sketches to Neon,” followed by a conversation with Jokel, Sonnier, and Alicia Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education.

Jokel’s 15 minute pilot illuminates the history and creative process of Sonnier, a pioneering figure in the fields of conceptual, post-minimal, video, and performance art who radically reframed the function of sculpture. Filmed at two locations in the Hamptons, the documentary follows Sonnier and Jokel to a local autobody shop where the artist is transforming a 1950’s Oldsmobile into a mobile neon sculpture. The second location is Sonnier’s Bridgehampton studio, where he and Jokel discuss his process of transforming sketches and maquettes into neon works.

About Keith Sonnier

Keith Sonnier (b. 1941) was born in Grand Mamou, a rural, bilingual town in Louisiana. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette in 1963 and received an MFA from Rutgers University in 1966. Sonnier has been the subject of more than 140 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 360 group exhibitions throughout his career. Keith Sonnier: Until Today considers the full extent of Sonnier’s achievement with more than 30 works that reveal his diverse output from 1967 to the present. It features the artist‘s important and ever-evolving neon sculpture, as well as sound pieces, a site-specific neon installation in the Museum’s spine, and work rarely shown in the U.S.—large-scale sculpture influenced by his deep interest in other cultures.

About Lana Jokel 

Lana Jokel is known for her documentaries on important artists including Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Larry Rivers. She began her career working for documentarians Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker. Jokel subsequently edited Norman Mailer’s films—Beyond the Law and Maidstone—as well as two feature-length films produced by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey, Heat and L’Amour. In 2013 Jokel received the Filmmaker’s Choice Award from the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

Film & Talk: Lana Jokel's film “Keith Sonnier-Sketches to Neon”
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
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