Courtney Martin, assistant professor of history of art, will present Ken Russell’s Pop Goes The Easel on Monday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. Russell’s first full-length documentary for the BBC’s arts series Monitor focuses on four British pop artists—Peter Blake, Peter Philips, Pauline Boty, and Derek Boshier.
Revolutionary in his approach, Russell developed a whole range of new techniques to capture and reflect the excitement and energy of these young artists, which was cutting edge back in 1962, but are now part of the very heart of documentary-making. Pop Goes the Easel is a beautiful film that captures these artists, their work, and the start of the swinging sixties perfectly.
Free and open to the public, the film is sponsored by the International Lens Film Series at Vanderbilt, which strives to transcend geographic, ethnic, religious, linguistic, and political boundaries by facilitating conversation and greater cross-cultural understanding through cinema.