This film is a look into the life of Quentin Morris as he reflects on his experience preparing for his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe gallery in New York City. The screening will be followed by a round table discussion with Quentin Morris, the filmmaker Brice Goldberg, musician Foster Child who provided the soundtrack, and the conversation will be moderated by Morris’ longtime friend and artist, Gerard Brown.
The film's run time is 16 minutes.
Quentin Morris is a visual artist who, for more than 50 years, has been creating monochromatic paintings and works on paper that explore the possibilities of the color black. Morris began his meditation on the color while he was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the early 1960s, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. His large body of work investigates themes surrounding identity, politics, and spirituality, and incorporates mediums ranging from graphite, powdered pigment, and spray paint, to ink and acrylic on canvas, linen, Mylar, and paper. His work has been exhibited at various museums and galleries nationally and regionally, including, most recently, in a career retrospective at Blum and Poe, New York City (2017) and in the group exhibition 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art (2017). He is represented by Larry Becker Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Morris’ work is included in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Brice Goldberg is a filmmaker from Philadelphia. His interest in abstract art and Buddhism led to a friendship with the artist Quentin Morris and a documentary on his life and work. Brice is a graduate of Friend's Central School and Temple University's Film and Media Arts program.
Foster Child is a musician from Philadelphia. In his 40 years in the music industry, Child's accomplishments include writing, producing, and performing on multiple records, developing a music production and promotion company, creating a record label, and starting his own band, "Foster Child and the Runaway Band."
Gerard Brown is an Associate Professor of Foundations at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and is a longtime participant in the Philadelphia art community. Gerard writes, organizes exhibits, and draws. As a writer, he has contributed essays to Ceramics: Art & Perception, Philadelphia Weekly, Juxtapoz, and other magazines. He is a recipient of a PA Council on the Arts Fellowship in Visual Art Criticism. He has organized exhibits for the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art & Design, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, and other galleries. His drawings have been shown at Gallery Joe, Finlandia University, The Painted Bride, and other venues.
Special thanks to the Larry Becker Contemporary Art for their help in organizing this event. Larry Becker Contemporary Art has been operating in Philadelphia since 1988, and has represented the work of Quentin Morris for over 25 years.