PICA, Film Action Oregon, and Pink Martini co-present the West Coast Opening Night Premiere of Our City Dreams, a film by Chiara Clemente. The evening includes a post-film reception with director Chiara Clemente and the film’s music composer, Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, at Poor Richard’s (3907 NE Broadway). Our City Dreams is the first full soundtrack composed by Lauderdale and performed by Pink Martini.

Clemente’s affecting love letter to New York strings together the self-told narratives of five women artists (ages 30 – 80), each of whom has a passion for making art inseparable from her devotion to the city. Swoon, the youngest, exhibits cut-outs directly on city walls and subways, and exudes idealism and energy while carrying a two by four the way some women would a briefcase. Cairo-born Ghada Amer mixes media—embroidering with painting—to confront sexual taboos that cross cultural boundaries.

After experiencing The New York Dolls in San Francisco, Kiki Smith realized she needed the energy of the big city to create her wildly influential paintings and sculptures; Marina Abramovic, originally of Belgrade, is a performance art pioneer who often uses her own body as a canvas. And Nancy Spero returned from Paris with artisthusband Leon Golub in 1964, to meld art and activism during the Vietnam War and become, in her own words, “a woman warrior.”

Additional Screenings

Sat – Sun . Mar 7 – 8 at 3:00 pm, 5:15 pm, 7:30 pm
Mon – Fri . Mar 9 –13 at 7:30 pm

Special Thanks to Film Action Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale and Pink Martini, Paige Powell, and the Nines hotel.