STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIES
February 14, 2024, 6:00 P.M.
The Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Inner Cinema Society and the SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion
invite you and a guest to attend
Valentine's Day Screening of
STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIES
COURTESY OF THE STEVEN ARNOLD ARCHIVE
Followed by a conversation about love and creativity
with Director Vishnu Dass and artist Connor Tingley
Moderated by Destinee Lee Handly, President of the Inner Cinema Society
6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 14th, 2024
The Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP REQUIRED.
About Inner Cinema Society
The purpose of Inner Cinema Society is to showcase cinematic media and facilitate meaningful conversations, events, and activities featuring a focus on the topics of psychology and mental health while fostering a supportive community within USC and SCA for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and like-minded peers. To support the organization please visit their website and instagram below.
About Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies
Anjelica Huston narrates this kaleidoscopic exploration of the spectacularly dreamlike world of Salvador Dali protégé, multimedia artist, and “queer mystic” Steven Arnold through his strikingly creative and influential body of work filled with occult rituals, Hollywood camp, and surrealist more-is-more whimsy. Taken from more than 70 hours of original and archival footage, including interviews with Ellen Burstyn, Simon Doonan, and Holly Woodlawn, director Vishnu Dass digs deeply into the inspiring life and tragic death of this often unheralded queer pioneer.
2019. Running time: 80 minutes.
"Do the work with love. Love is sharing the message.” -- Steven Arnold
About the Director, Vishnu Dass
Vishnu Dass, the film’s director, spends the majority of his time acting as Director of the Steven Arnold Museum and Archives, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and disseminating the work of California artist Steven Arnold. He is currently completing an art book about the artist, and arranging the acquisition of Arnold’s papers by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian. He was given the name Vishnu Dass by renowned spiritual teacher Ram Dass, with whom he spent 10 years on the island of Maui.
About Connor Tingley
Connor Tingley is an LA-based artist and designer with a particular interest in the history and evolving visual languages and artistic legacies of Southern California. Exhibited internationally, his most recent installation, DIY, was featured at SCOPE Miami in 2023, which garnered a mention in the New York Times. His work is often strongly symbolic, encompassing diverse aesthetics and styles from classicism to street-art.
About Steven Arnold
Steven F. Arnold (1943-1994), an American artist and protégé of Salvador Dali, was a visionary filmmaker, photographer, painter, illustrator, set and costume designer, and assemblage artist.
The Steven Arnold Museum and Archives was established in 2014 by artist Stephanie Farago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to the representation, exhibition, and study of the estate of American artist Steven Arnold.
The archives contain works and ephemera spanning from 1943 – 1994, including extensive personal files, calendars, props, sculpture, paintings, sketchbooks, drawings, films, and black and white tableau photography.As the museum does not have its own exhibition space, we are currently working with established institutions, galleries and publishers to ensure that the work remains visible. We maintain and update this website as an easily accessible record for those who can not view the work in person. The archive in Los Angeles, California is available to curators and researchers by appointment.
For more of Steven Arnold's work and information about the film: https://stevenarnoldarchive.com/
About the Moderator, Destinee Lee Handly
In the intersecting realms of academia and artistic endeavor, aspiring filmmaker Destinee Lee Handly distinguishes herself as a dual major in psychology and film. As the founder of USC's Inner Cinema Society, she gently reminds us to turn our gaze inward, recognizing how our inner worlds are shaped by the external influences of popular media. With a dedication to fostering a supportive community within USC, the Inner Cinema Society orchestrates screenings, events, and discussions that delicately balance the complexities of psychology and mental health. Their mission speaks volumes about the power of quiet introspection in an increasingly noisy world.
Name: Destinee Lee Handly