Jun 21 2014
Jazz on Film: Space Is the Place

Jazz on Film: Space Is the Place

Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston at Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a special film series: Jazz on Film. Jazz on Film returns this June with three weekends of classic and rare narrative movies, documentaries, and animated shorts that feature the great American music form as soundtrack, subject, or both.

Organized by curator Peter Lucas for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, this year’s selection includes great jazz-scored films "Elevator to the Gallows" and "A Man Called Adam," documentaries capturing the music and lives of a range of artists from Chet Baker to Sonny Rollins, a program of playful, jazz-infused animated films, and a special screening celebrating the centennial of mythic bandleader Sun Ra. Join us in celebrating jazz and its various relationships with cinema.

Peter Lucas is an independent film/video curator and arts organizer based in Houston. He has created exhibitions, film screening series, and public programs in association with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, Experience Music Project, Earshot Jazz Festival, Sound Unseen, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Lucas was named “Best Curator, 2012” by Houston Press, and was recently profiled in their “100 Creatives” series. He has been a guest speaker at Rice University, University of Houston, and Cornish College of the Arts, and is also a regular contributor to Glasstire online arts journal.

Space Is the Place
Directed by John Coney
1974, USA,82 minutes, 35mm

On the centennial of bandleader Sun Ra’s birth—or Earth arrival!—and the 40th anniversary of this cult classic featuring the mythic jazz figure, the Museum presents a special 35mm screening of the sci-fi musical.

In Space Is the Place, Sun Ra (1914–1993) and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Arkestra land their yellow spaceship in Oakland; offer an alter-destiny; and battle the FBI, NASA, and a supernatural pimp named the Overseer.

The film includes lively performances of such Arkestra favorites as “Watusi,” "The Satellites Are Spinning," and “Outer Spaceways, Inc.”

Celebrate the legacy of Sun Ra’s cosmic philosophies, complex persona, and innovative, otherworldly music.


Admission Info

Admission Effective January 1, 2013:
$9 General Admission
$2 discount MFAH members, students w/ ID, senior adults (65+)

Phone: (713) 639-7515

Email: film@mfah.org

Dates & Times

2014/06/21 - 2014/06/21

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Location Info

Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium

1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77006