Film Series | Doll Parts: Yellow Sequence, Arabian Nights

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016
7:00 p.m.
The Oculus Hall at The Broad
Tickets $12



Jack Smith, Yellow Sequence, 15 min., 1963–65

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arabian Nights, 130 min., 1974

Echoed in the lurid, plastic fairy tales of artist Cindy Sheman’s mid-career work, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poetic visions are set upon the mythological Middle Eastern text One Thousand and One Nights for the third film in his acclaimed Trilogy of Life. Distraught at the abduction of his paramour Zumurrud, Nur-e-Din embarks on an epic journey, ultimately arriving upon a lavish kingdom that Zumurrud has come to rule under the guise of a long-lost king. This elaborate blend of eroticism and slapstick humor interweaves tales of love and loss against a glistening desert backdrop. The classic is paired with Jack Smith’s Yellow Sequence, an addendum reel to his sprawling feature Normal Love. Smith’s lavishly hued color film traces various creatures (including perennial Smith starlet Francis Francine and “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” Tiny Tim) through the junk heaps of popular culture in characteristically manic performances.


About Doll Parts

The Un-Private Collection is an ongoing series of public programs The Broad began in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s 2,000-work contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists whose works are in the Broad collection in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are live-streamed and full videos of past talks are available online. The Un-Private Collection series is part of the Broad collection’s 30-year mission to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience.

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