Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse/Fat Feet/Tappy Toes


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Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse/Fat Feet/Tappy Toes

  • 1985/1966/1969
  • Directed By: Thomas L. Neff/Red Grooms
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Experimental
  • 59 Minutes
  1. Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Fat Feet
Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse (1985) Directed by Thomas L. Neff Fat Feet/Tappy Toes (1966/1969) Directed by Red Grooms

Although best known for his paintings, prints, and large sculptural constructions, Pop artist Red Grooms was also an influential experimental filmmaker during the 1960s and 1970s. This program begins with an Academy Award®-nominated documentary short, provided by IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, and concludes with two of Grooms’s early experimental films. Fat Feet, a collaboration with Mimi Gross, Yvonne Andersen, and Dominic Falcone, was described by Grooms as “a city symphony, with living comic strip characters and sound.” While this live-action and animated short evokes bawdy Keystone Cops, Tappy Toes—called the last underground musical—mixes the flamboyancy of Busby Berkley with the political bullyism of Mayor Daley’s Chicago. (16mm Presentation)

Pre-screening Talk:
Grooms in Focus
December 10 – Sunday – 2:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Room 102
Nan Brewer, the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, will discuss Red Grooms’s frequent homages to famousartists in his work, as well as several prints in the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection.

These programs are presented in partnership with the Eskenazi Museum of Art and IU Cinema and are sponsored by Marsha R. Bradford and Harold A. Dumes. Since the museum is closed for renovation, pre-screening talks or panels will take place in alternative locations, while the films and post-screening discussions are at IU Cinema. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.