Film: Mr. Dial Has Something to Say

Aug 4, 6pm - 8pm

Film: Mr. Dial Has Something to Say photo

Often considered on the fringe of the art world, the self-taught artists in this summer's film series demonstrate a creative visual reality that is remarkably unique and contemporary. 

As part of the Fringe on Film Series, enjoy docent-led tours and pre-film refreshments hosted by the Membership Committee of the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association. Free and open to the public. 

  • 6-7pm • Complimentary refreshments
  • 6:30pm • Inside the Outside tour
  • 7pm • Film: Mr. Dial Has Something to Say (Directed by Celia Carey, 2007. 60 min.) Special thanks to Alabama Public Television. Introduction by Tom Patterson, author, critic, and independent curator who has written extensively on the lives and work of contemporary folk, visionary, and outsider artists since the early 1980s. 
This 2007 film follows the life of artist Thornton Dial (1928-2016)​ and Bill Arnett, an art collector who discovered him. Through their experiences it examines the issue of racism and classism in Western art, and asks the question​s​: What is art and who decides? Have terms such as “outsider”, “visionary,” “primitive,” “folk,” “self-taught,” and “naïve”—all of which have been applied to this particular style—downgraded the importance of this art? Directed by Celia Carey for Alabama Public Television, the film won numerous industry accolades, including 4 Emmys.
  • Thank you to the City of Greensboro for their support of the Fringe on Film Series Thursdays, June 2, July 7, and August 4, 2016. 

Thank you to these Greensboro breweries for donations during the film series: Gibb's Hundred Brewing CompanyPig Pounder Brewery, and Preyer Brewing Company.

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