04/15/09 David Wison at The Gardner

Artist-in-Residence Film Screening
Film Screening: The Great Soviet Eclipse
Thursday, April 15, 7:30pm
Tapestry Room
Tickets: FREE Members; $12 General Public; $10 Seniors; $5 College Students.

As part of this month’s Gardner After Hours event on April 15, Artist-in-Residence David Wilson will stage a special projection of his recent film Bol’shoe Sovietskoie Zatmenia (The Great Soviet Eclipse). This preview is the first public screening at any location other than the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California.

The program will include a reading by Wilson and live musical accompaniment by Æ, the a cappella vocal duo Aurelia Lucy Shrenker and Eva Salina Primack.

The Great Soviet Eclipse is set in the summer of 1936, a time when one of the most spectacular solar eclipses of the 20th century passed across the whole of the Soviet Union. The film focuses on the accomplishments and promising careers of the astronomers of the Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg and the path of their terrible undoing at the hands of Stalin’s NKVD.
David Wilson has produced seven independent films, most recently under the auspices of The Museum of Jurassic Technology (www.mjt.org) in conjunction with Kabinet, an arts-based cultural institution located in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition to his career in the film industry, Wilson opened The Museum of Jurassic Technology, which houses a collection of scientific oddities and exhibits that challenge the traditional notions of truth and fiction, in 1988. Since its inception, the Museum has expanded both in terms of its public offerings--through exhibitions and associated programs--as well as in its public recognition and reputation. The museum and Wilson have been honored through numerous grants and awards over the past decade including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001.


From the Museum of Jurassic Technology.
Read about the stink ant here.