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  • October 26, 2013 - October 27, 2013

How does art survive in a time of oppression? A series of three films, Art Over Politics: The Persistence of Dreams examines the crucial relationship between contemporary art and politics even as it extends the possibilities of the documentary form. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field, and Ed Asner, The Desert of Forbidden Art showcases an inspiring dedication to art and stunning works. During Soviet rule, artists who stayed true to their vision were executed or sent to mental hospitals or gulags. Their plight inspired curator Igor Savitsky, who pretended to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescued 40,000 works by forbidden artists and created a museum for them in the Uzbekistan desert, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. More.


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