The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts will debut its newest program, Art After Dark Creative Gatherings, with a screening of Blade Runner, a dystopian thriller that examines questions of reality and what it means to be human. The evening will conclude with a brief discussion of Blade Runner within the context of LCVA’s current Artificial/Life exhibition, which invites viewers to consider the impact of technology upon their own perceptions of authentic experience. Art After Dark participants will also learn how to make their own origami unicorn, one of the film’s most iconic images. All activities are completely free of charge.
About the film:
Blade Runner, a 1982 film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 classic science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, explores implications of technology, questions of reality, and what constitutes humanity. The film is set in Los Angeles in 2019, a decaying urban police state dominated by corporate power. Often described as neo-noir, its dark, portentously futuristic setting established the standard for later science fiction films, television, and video games. Regarded as one of the best science fiction films of all time, in 1993 Blade Runner was selected by the United States Library of Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.
Blade Runner is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The film is rated R for violence and brief nudity.
The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.
The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.