Become a Microscope


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I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hammer Museum’s panel presentation FOOTNOTES AND HEADLINES: SISTER CORITA. The panel was moderated by Curator Brooke Hodge.  Artists Jim Isermann, Pae White, and Donald Moffett spoke about Corita, her legacy and the relationship between her work and theirs. Though the panel discussion was interesting, the film shown as an introduction was by far the most interesting item of the night.

Become a Microscope is a new film directed by Aaron Rose (Beautiful Losers and Alleged Press) that compactly tells Corita’s story while interweaving short statements about her through the film. With an original score by Money Mark and some great flash animation, this film captures the feel of Corita’s work, its complicated subversion and the legacy she left with her students.

PS  – If you are in the LA area it will be shown for free this Sunday, July 12 at 8PM at Family Bookstore on Fairfax Avenue 

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2 Responses to “Become a Microscope”

  1. Pete Harwood says:

    This is irresponsible filmmaking at it’s best. The filmmaker didn’t leave a city block to interview people who work at the Corita Center. Why not go into the world and find out who else worked with her such as a postman, or bus driver etc. Many film clips were lifted from a previous documentary, Primary Colors. The most shameless aspect of the film is the “filler” of wacky Corita style motion graphics. Completely lifted from her own work and bastardized by this glom-job of a film.

    It drives me crazy when people pin their star to those who were actual iconoclasts and then take credit for their “re-discovery”.

  2. jendanderson says:

    Actually Aaron Rose has worked very closely with the Corita Center and the center’s director is actually included in the film. He has curated several shows from their collection of Corita’s work including a large retrospective that took place this year at CSU Northridge. This film was produced with the school as part of that exhibition.

    Unfortunately when creating a documentary film about someone who has already died, one has to use the sources available. There are clips in this piece from other films about Corita and they are fully credited in the film. There are also new and current interviews with former students and colleagues of Corita as well.

    Aaron seems to be working hard to introduce Corita’s work to new audiences and has gone many city blocks to do so.