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Calendar / A Man Named Pearl & Ingenious Minds

Double Feature: Movies @Mingei

Friday July 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This summer spend your Friday nights at the Museum. Enjoy a different award-winning documentary film each week, in addition to wine, beer, food, and extended hours in the galleries. Each week’s film(s) will focus on a different self-taught artist, some featured in the Museum’s current exhibition SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS, from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

Film Synopsis (A Man Named Pearl):

A Man Named Pearl chronicles the story of Pearl Fryar’s dazzling garden as well as his extraordinary life, both of which serve as inspirations to his family, his community, and the thousands of visitors who come to experience Pearl’s world each year. The film traces Pearl’s journey from a small town sharecropper’s son to an internationally-acclaimed artist, and from his initial goal to win the Bishopville, SC, “Yard of the Month Award”—a goal instigated by a bigoted remark—to the many accolades that followed, including museum exhibitions and his status as the celebrated cultural icon of his impoverished town. Now 68, the soft-spoken Pearl has just one wish for all those who wander through his living art: they must leave feeling differently than when they arrived.

For more information about A Man Named Pearl, visit docurama.com.

Film Synopsis (Ingenious Minds: George Widener):

George Widener is a calendar calculating savant with Asperger Syndrome. He found a release for the constant calculations running through his mind in art.

For more information about Ingenious Minds: George Widener, visit riccomaresca.com.


Friday July 31, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free with Admission
Information Phone:
(619) 704-7495
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