A Valentine to Bert Long

Houston Cinema Arts Society is proud to join Houston Museum of African American Culture and The Menil Collection for a special screening of Bert, a new documentary exploring the life and art of Texas art patriarch, Bert Long, Jr.

The Menil Collection | THU FEB 14 | 7:00 PM
Free event followed by a wine reception.

Director: John Guess, Jr.
Running time: 60 min.

The hour-long documentary explores the life and art of the esteemed Rome Prize winner, as seen through the eyes of collectors, colleagues, gallerists, and friends. Narrated by artist John Alexander, the film reflects on the long and storied career as told by admirers such as Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Leslie King Hammond, Founding Director of the Maryland Institute College of Art Center for Race and Culture; Peter Marzio, the late Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Rick Lowe and Floyd Newsum of Project Row Houses; as well as artists and collectors such as David McGee, Jesse Lott, Dick DeGuerin, and Marilyn Oshman.

Written, produced, and directed by Houston-based arts patron, John Guess Jr., the film eloquently reveals Long’s practice – encompassing various media including painting, sculpture and performance art. The film has been exclusively screened only at the Ensemble Theater, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas) and Houston Museum of African American Culture.

About Bert Long

A Fifth Ward native, Bert Long’s longevity is matched by the fascinating aspects of his early transformation from professional chef at the Ritz Carlton Chicago and Hyatt Regency Houston to a widely exhibited painter and sculptor. Long has lived and worked extensively outside Texas, maintaining studios in Rome, Italy and Berzocana, Spain.

Bert Long is one of the state’s few Rome Prize inductees – a bursary award made annually by the American Academy in Rome. He is among the most exhibited artists in Texas with a history extending back to the original Lawndale Art Center.

Institutions that have shown his work within the past decade include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with a major exhibition in 2006, Out of the Life of Bert L. Long, Jr.; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 2005 with Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970.  Additionally, Long has created two of Houston’s beloved permanent public works: Field of Vision at Project Row Houses and Art/Life, a 30-foot by 7-foot mural commissioned by the Houston Arts Alliance for Houston Public Library’s Looscan branch.

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