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"ALL ME": The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert

Screening of  Award winning  

"ALL ME": The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert

7pm

Speakers: Winfred Rembert and Vivian Ducat


The Kehler Liddell Gallery is honored to present NEW HAVEN’S OWN WINFRED REMBERT, featuring stories of African American lives in the Deep South during the era of segregation, boldly told on hand-tooled, dyed leather, on exhibit from Thursday, July 31- Sunday, August 31 at Kehler Liddell’s Westville storefront gallery. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, August 3, from 3:00-6:00pm, and there will be two screenings of the award-winning documentary ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, to be held at the gallery on August 16 and August 21 at 7:00pm. The screenings will be followed by discussions with the artist and the film’s director Vivian Ducat. Both the exhibit and screenings are free and open to the public.
 
The show, organized by Kehler Liddell Gallery member artists Marjorie Wolfe and Hank Paper, provides an opportunity to see and hear, first-hand, the story of this remarkable man’s journey from a boy growing up picking cotton in Cuthbert, Georgia, to a young man protesting segregation in Americus, GA in the 1960s, as well as his transformation from a victim of racial injustice and bigotry to a renowned folk artist and raconteur.
 
“I wanna see things like they were,” Rembert explains in All Me. “They just don’t look the same so all it is now is a memory and that’s why I’m happy that I did these paintings and things…it was just good. It ain’t like that no more. You have to kinda use your imagination.”
 
It’s not hard to use your imagination when you see the detailed characters and scenes that call out from Rembert’s art. Using a technique he learned while serving time in a Georgia prison, Rembert hand tools and dyes his leather with bold and evocative images. Using color, texture and patterns—and highly individualized renderings of human faces—he tells stories of his time spent working in the cotton fields, serving on a chain gang, his near lynching, dancing in juke joints and participating in other facets of daily life in the rural south.
 
His art is “narrative on leather,” says Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds in the documentary. It was his “wonderful sense of color” especially that inspired Reynolds to organize the show “Southern Exposure” at the Yale Art Gallery in 2000, which was Winfred’s first big break.
 
Since then, Rembert’s art has been shown at a number of other venues, including galleries in New York City and Albany, Georgia, as well as a series of major museums in a two-year long tour which included the Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, outside New York City and the Flint Institute of Arts outside Detroit. He is the author of the children’s book Don’t Hold Me Back: My Life and Art, and in 2011, was featured in the documentary ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert. He currently lives and works in Newhallville with his family, and spends a portion of his time working with school children telling his stories and teaching his craft.
 
“We’re excited to present this special exhibit of Winfred’s art,” says Hank Paper. “It’s a great opportunity to see these unique, brilliantly colored, eye-popping, often densely populated ‘canvases’ of black urban scenes and southern cotton fields. They are full of life and the struggle for it."
 
You can learn more about Winfred, his art, and the documentary at www.allmethemovie.com.

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  • jane s.

    Joan,I tried the site for the video for"ALL ME" but there is no audio. Any suggestions?

    August 22, 2014

    • Lani

      Just in case it helps, Hulu & Netflix both do free 'trial' options if u aren't a subscriber & All Me can be seen for free that way. Or Google All Me documentary & Rembert -usually links listed...

      August 22, 2014

  • Lani

    A beautiful documentary of a remarkable life story. Deeply moving, & shocking at times. (Timing after Ferguson made it at times almost too much for me personally) however it needs to be acknowledged & witnessed to honor the people who lived it. An inspiring couple, documented by a gifted filmmaker

    August 19, 2014

  • Earthro

    It was great to see a fine artist like Winfred Rembert!

    August 17, 2014

  • Andy A.

    I thought the film was very moving.

    August 17, 2014

  • Cathy M

    Amazing Artist, overcomes great adversity in his life and reminds us that we must be constantly aware and never forget of the cruelties of human nature. We are reminded in our current news that these events continually happen. Ironic that something so beautiful can come from something so evil, the power of Art to provoke awareness and thought.

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Diane

    Mr. Rembert's life was almost too much for me to process. What an amazing man! He rose above the most unspeakable cruelty to make art that not only makes us more aware of the darkest side of human nature but also celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.

    2 · August 17, 2014

  • Dave C.

    Beautiful Art work. A very dark story of American history told by a gentle man.......

    2 · August 16, 2014

  • Joan L.

    I agree Daphne, I was fighting back tears.
    Cathy, thank you for putting together another amazing, thought-provoking, and at times completely heart wrenching event.

    4 · August 16, 2014

  • Daphne

    Sorry folks. The film was way too moving for me...had to get out of there.

    4 · August 16, 2014

  • Daphne

    Lost, as usual

    August 16, 2014

  • Lani

    Also looking forward to tonight. Good link Joan L.
    Any info about best parking situ would be appreciated. Thx,never been to this gallery before, rarely in NH.

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Cathy M

      You can park across the street from the old Blake Street restaurant on Blake Street there is a small lot behind the metered lot that is on Whalley on the corner of Blake. Just a stones throw from the gallery.

      1 · August 16, 2014

    • Lani

      Thx

      August 16, 2014

  • Annette

    I was introduced to Winfred's early works 20 years ago...late arrival

    August 16, 2014

  • Joan L.

    Looking forward to tonight's event with this
    talented man. The full documentary can be seen here at this site.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/review-vivian-ducats-all-me-the-life-and-times-of-winfred-rembert-watch-in-full-now-20140813#.U-zqJSClgQg.facebook

    August 16, 2014

  • Annette S.

    I saw a documentary on Winfred last year o PBS.

    1 · July 22, 2014

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