Houston, TX 77005
Category: Movie Theaters
Region: Kirby-West U
The films title, Blank City, is apropos, since New York had just undergone a fiscal crisis and was broke at the time; hundreds of buildings around the city sat empty and in disrepair. Creative types were able to rent lofts and studio space in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhat-tan on the cheap. They christened themselves filmmakers, artists and musicians at will. It didnt matter that they didnt have a camera or a portfolio or even an instrument. In fact, as one talking head says in the documentary, it was better if you didnt have any experience or training. This was spon-taneous art, with a lower-case a.
Among the participants were Steve Buscemi, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Deborah Harry. It was a very creative time, with no restrictions, says Danhier. Blank City shows the group of young artists as they came together to make something out of nothing. Some of what they produced was self-indulgent, much of it was naive, but some of it became the start of something new, something they called No Wave in an effort to make their outsider status perfectly clear. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Through August 20. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 14, 5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 12. Continues through Aug. 20, 2011