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      May 24, 2019

      Friday   7:00 PM

      8528 Desert Shadows Road
      Joshua Tree, California 92252

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      Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows

      PENNY SLINGER: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, by British director Richard Kovitch Doors open 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $15 | View the trailer Penny Slinger will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A afterwards with former GUARDIAN writer and cultural critic Chris Campion. PENNY SLINGER: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, by British director Richard Kovitch, is a documentary portrait of one of the missing links of 20th Century art. Penny Slinger is a proto-feminist mixed-media artist, performance artist and filmmaker who came of age in the London art scene of the late ’60s and ’70s. Armed with It-girl looks, a punk-precursor fashion sense and steeped in the Surrealists (Max Ernst was the subject of her thesis), she settled on the moribund art form of collage to critique Surrealism itself from a radical feminist purview, “this feeling of being stripped bare and judged by a phallocentric society.” The results today seem borderline transgressive, wildly influential and far ahead of their time on subjects like female empowerment and gender fluidity, even as she has largely gone missing from the official history. In a quote that opens the film, critic Michael Bracewell summarizes her work for the uninitiated: “What you actually get is the vagueness of a dream, deeply disquieting, an air of claustrophobia, a view into a seemingly inner landscape [where] the normal rules don’t apply; it’s a haunted place, finger-tipped with surrealism and quite profound sadness.” Parking is limited. Please carpool. Photo credit: Penny Slinger in ‘Lilford Hall’, 16mm film, 1969. Directed by Peter Whitehead & Penny Slinger Peter Whitehead & Penny Slinger (c) 1969

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