With Peter Bradley

With Peter Bradley

Directed by Alex Rappoport
U.S. | 2023 | Documentary
86 minutes

An intimate, provocative series of conversations with 80-year-old abstract painter Peter Bradley. At turns bitter and humorous, the telling of Bradley’s rise to success as a Black artist – and subsequent fall from grace – unfolds as we watch Peter's artistic process amidst the changing seasons at his rural home and studio.

Dreaming in Color

CAM is pleased to partner with the annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival to present films that explore the world of contemporary art through a cinematic lens. As a complement to Dominic Chambers' exhibition Birthplace, this film program explores artists' use of color as a vehicle for imagination, experimentation, and possibility. Much like Chambers' paintings at CAM, the vibrant use of color in these films evoke personal memories of place along with surreal, abstracted visionings that only an artist's work can conjure.

Shown with
Color Rap

Color Rhapsodie

Directed by
Mary Ellen Bute
6 minutes

This experimental short film made its public premiere at Radio City Music Hall in 1951 and features filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute’s use of a number of animation techniques set to Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”. "[Bute] transcends her influences; her visual imagination triumphs. I like the romantic flair of COLOR RHAPSODY, its visual density...I think it is time to re-see and re-evaluate all of Bute's work in a new light." - Jonas Mekas, Soho Weekly News

Courtesy Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles


Composition in Blue

Directed by
Oskar Fischinger
4 minutes

In this early example of abstract animation, colorful geometrical shapes and patterns dance in an imagined landscape to Carl Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Courtesy Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles