DC to LA to SD
William Eggleston, Memphis, 1975, dye transfer print, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Catch-up post! The tour continues, although it’s starting to wind down (thank god!). Last week began with two great screenings at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC. The Corcoran is currently showing the photography exhibit William Eggleston: Democratic Camera. I’m a big fan of Eggleston’s photos. I saw this same exhibit at the Whitney late last year when I was finishing the film, and was really struck by his photos of people’s objects, just household objects like a vacuum cleaner in a corner, or the objects on someone’s mantle. I realized you could learn so much about a person, or about a moment in history, just by looking at a selection of their objects. The Eggleston photos actually inspired me to approach dozens of people and film objects that had personal meaning to them, and that footage ended up being the montage that ends Objectified.
We had two events in California, in Los Angeles and San Diego. I cannot begin to express my thanks to all the AIGA and IDSA chapters across the country who have been so helpful in organizing a lot of our events. California was no exception, with Josh Higgins in SD and Jill Finley in LA going the extra mile, along with dozens of volunteers. Special thanks as well to the staffs at Laemmle’s Royal Theater in West LA, and everyone at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.
At the San Diego afterparty with AIGA SD’s Josh Higgins
El Ten Eleven, with live jet accompaniment
The San Diego event was especially cool due to an afterparty at the Subtext gallery, featuring a live set from Objectified soundtrack artists El Ten Eleven. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me about their music in the film, I’d be at least a few hundred bucks richer. The party was outdoors, and the gallery is located at the base of the runway at San Diego airport, which meant that commercial jets were buzzing a few hundred feet above the band during the set! Fitting, since El Ten Eleven is named after an airplane. The band played a set of Helvetica and Objectified soundtrack faves, plus some new songs. They’re currently on tour in the US, definitely check them out if you can. Thanks to Kristian and Tim for coming down from LA to rock us.
Onward to Korea and a week of events in Seoul!