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Sons of Jack Smith presented with Bowerbird

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (7:00pm)
University Lutheran, 3637 Chestnut Street

When Jack Smith transitioned from his relatively brief career as a director headlong into experimental theater in the late 1960s, he already had multiple scandals and groundbreaking films under his belt and had appeared in many more as a muse to Andy Warhol, Ken Jacobs, and Ron Rice. These films capture Smith in amber as he pioneered an intellectually serious approach to camp performance and a low-budget trash aesthetic. But within a few years of his exit, trends in experimental film shifted away from Smith’s obsession with artifice and performance toward something much more austere and theoretical.

But Smith’s transgressive, baroque influence runs far deeper than as a shooting star…

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