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Eloquent Nude

Model Charis Wilson in a photo by Edward Weston in Eloquent Nude (NW Socumentary)

Ian McCluskey's documentary Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson screens as part of "Behind the Lens: A Documentary Film Series" held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images. The screening takes place Friday November 7 at 7:00pm in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater at MoPA.

Eloquent Nude offers a thoughtful exploration of the creative process, in particular the relationship between photographer Edward Weston and his muse and model Charis Wilson. Filmmaker McCluskey interviews the 90-year-old Wilson and gathers together remarkable archive footage and Super 8 re-enactments to chronicle the life and work of these two people. In addition, McCluskey seeks insights from scholars and friends about both Weston's work and the couple's relationship. Although there are a lot of talking heads in the film, McCluskey ultimately builds a fascinating portrait of the emotional and artistic relationship between Wilson and Weston. Through their collaboration we also see their impact on Modern Photography. MoPA provides the perfect venue for screening this film not only because its concerned with the art of photography but also because you can exit the film to look at photos in the museum with some newfound insights into the artisitic process of creating a photographic image. It also offers a showcase of Weston's work for anyone who might be unfamilair with it.


The screening is free to MoPA members; $6 for students, and $8 for general admission.