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Celebrating Film Through Art: “Apocalypse” at Schneider Museum of Art

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Celebrating its 40th year anniversary and decades removed from the Vietnam War, the heart of darkness film Apocalypse Now continues to impact audiences, and is a centerpiece for this year’s Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Schneider Museum of Art will also celebrate Francis Ford Coppola’s film in preparation for AIFF. The exhibit features the work of artists Bruce Bayard, Matthew Picton, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Bayard’s work contains video collages and electronic music performances. In 2014 Bayard, along with three other artists, performed a live improvised show using Buchla Music Easels at Schneider Museum of Art. Picton’s masterful landscape artwork has been featured in galleries internationally. Schneider Museum of Art Director Scott Malbaurn says Stephanie Syjuco’s conceptual artwork has been “featured in Season 9 of the acclaimed PBS documentary series ‘ART21: Art in the Twenty-First Century’ and has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art among others.”

The exhibit covers mediums ranging in digital drawing, paper map sculptures, video, and photography. The exhibit is not only to celebrate the classic film, but is to also inspire conversations and debate between those who view the work. “Academic groups my use the work on view to research themes found in ‘Apocalypse Now’ such as western imperialism catastrophes, colonialism, and environmental degradation as well as our lens outward from ethnographic photography to global warming,” he says. “Community groups may engage in these themes as well or they may bring their own personal associations to the work on view.”

Deborah Oropallo’s work will also be featured during this exhibit at Hanson Howard Gallery. Her digital video and photo montages compliments Schneider’s theme of social commentary and global issues.  

Malbaurn adds, “Some museum goers enjoy aesthetics and materials used by the artists and to be able to see artwork by artists from beyond our borders in person.”

 

Apocalypse
10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday
April 11 – May 25
Schneider Museum of Art, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland

 

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