Beyond “Beasts”: The Art of Court 13 is a group of exhibitions that feature new work by filmmaker Benh Zeitlin and his New Orleans-based Court 13 film collective, which received four major Oscar nominations for their debut feature film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Original artworks and art installations created by Court 13 expressly for the exhibitions will be on display at the CAC, along with the collective’s early films and materials relating directly to the creation of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
On view in Press Play gallery
Before “Beasts”: The Short Films of Court 13
This exhibition includes a continuous showing of the six major short films by Zeitlin and fellow Court 13 director Ray Tintori over the last several years, plus previously unseen film material and behind-the-scenes footage in themed presentations on four screens.
Alana Pryor Ackerman, Z Behl, Alex DiGerlando, Crockett Doob, Josh Ente, Meredith Groves, Nathan Harrison, Maļ Arakida Izsak, Paul Korzan, Emilia Mello, Jess Pinkham, Ray Tintori, Sophie Tintori, and Benh Zeitlin
On view in The Corner gallery
The Lion: For Slightly
For Slightly is an original art installation made from found materials by Eliza Zeitlin, whose work is heavily featured in Beasts of the Southern Wild. More on the installation, from the artist:
In the glass room of the museum lurks an enormous mechanical beast. It crouches behind the glass, watching the cars pass by with patience and cunning, poised to burst through the glass and crush them in its jaws like mice and moles. It is a predator of the highest order, a car-killing war machine, a Trojan lioness filled with the ghosts of so many destroyed on the road. An intestinal staircase winds through its insides, and we look out through portholes in its skin, eyes, and ears, sensing its impending vengeance from the inside. It is in honor of a great friend, a beloved beast killed by a car.
In Soundscape gallery
Mermaids, an original sound installation by Benh Zeitlin.
Press Play gallery is dedicated to works in new media, film, & video.
Soundscape gallery is dedicated to the ongoing exploration of audio as a medium.
The Corner is a gallery dedicated to sculpture.
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