Best Curator (2013)

Peter Lucas

Peter Lucas repeats as Best Curator. Last year's win was based on his work with Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's "Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX," while this year it was his work with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Jazz on Film series, a monthlong showcase of classic and rarely seen films that illustrated the long and sometimes tenuous relationship between jazz music and the movies. Feature films in the series included Martin Ritt's 1961 drama Paris Blues, which starred Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as American expats trying to find their way as jazz musicians in Paris. French cinematographer Christian Matras's images added to its gritty luster. Also on the schedule was Shirley Clarke's 1985 documentary Ornette: Made in America and Arthur Penn's 1965 Mickey One starring Warren Beatty (a pre-Bonnie and Clyde collaboration between the two). Lucas was able to secure all the films on 35-mm and 16-mm film.


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