Artist Richard Newton, who in “Young Turks” memorably takes viewers on the “first tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art” on Bunker Hill, will show a series of his short films on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Laguna Art Museum.
“Some Poets — Short Films from 1969–1987 by Richard Newton” will start at 7 p.m. at the museum located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.
During the shooting of “Young Turks” in 1977-1981, filmmaker Stephen Seemayer and Newton lived downtown and collaborated on each other’s projects. (Seemayer is driving one of the cars in Newton’s film/performance “A Glancing Blow,” a portion of which is included in “Young Turks.”)
Newton had a studio at the Victor Clothing Building for a few years, and later he had the top floor of a building at 8th and Spring streets. But apparently, after an unstable childhood, he has never really felt settled.
In the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, journalist Rhea Mahbubani paints a touchingly intimate portrait of Newton, the performance artist/filmmaker/gadabout.“Just like I move around a lot, I change my name a lot,” said Newton, who donned the pseudonym Ric Marin upon embarking on his career as an artist. “So besides the fact that I don’t seem to know where I belong, I also actually don’t know what my name is. Fortunately, I guess I have art to attach all this stuff to.”
“Ultimately,” Mahbubani concludes, “Newton’s every venture is driven by a desire to communicate.”“What I enjoy the most is when viewers — across a broad spectrum of ages and backgrounds — somehow find something in what I have done to relate to themselves,” he said. “I want them to be able to step in and feel something.”
Read Mahbubani’s article here.“Some Poets — Short Films from 1969–1987 by Richard Newton”
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Map
Thursday, May 16, 2013
7 to 8:45 p.m.
Free for museum members, free for nonmembers with museum admission
Information: (949) 494-8971 or lagunaartmuseum.org