Posted 19 Oct 2015
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in partnership with the Architecture and Design Network will host a free screening of 'American Masters – Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey,' Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. The screening and a panel discussion will be presented as part of the Architecture & Design Lecture Series at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 East 9th Street, Little Rock.
Panelists for the discussion after the screening include: Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree, associate dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and professor of architecture chair; Brian Lang, chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center; and Tim Hursley, architectural photographer.
In partnership with 'American Masters' and through a grant from presenting station WNET, AETN conducted an architectural photography workshop with North Little Rock School District ESL students. Their work will be featured in an exhibit prior to the screening at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Students and teachers who participated in the photography workshop included: Yessenia Mendez, Alejandra Olvera Ramirez, Orlando Ahumada, Rolando Quintana, Ruby Escobedo, Jazmine Martinez, Bryan Mateo, Yessica Contreras, Alenjandro Cendejas, Rehan Ajani, Yoel Gonzales, Lizbeth Nava, Moises Adan, Jenifer Roblero, Britney Morado, Sara Morales, Dajany Ramos, Maria G. Touchstone, ESOL program coordinator, NLRSD and Leilani Dallas, ESL teacher, North Little Rock Middle School;. The students were selected to participate in the workshop based on essays they wrote.
'Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey' explores the life and work of the Mexican American artist, who overcame segregation and prejudice to pursue an extraordinary international photography career. The film showcases an in-depth, exclusive interview with Guerrero alongside his photography to explore his journey from segregated Mesa, Arizona, to his collaboration with three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Using his outsider's eye to produce insightful portraits of important modernist architecture, Guerrero became one of the most sought-after photographers, yet his story is largely unknown.
'Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey' highlights the milestones in Guerrero's life, including his serendipitous enrollment in photography classes, his 1939 meeting with Wright, his World War II service, his post-war magazine photography career, his work with Calder, and the end of his magazine assignments due to vocal opposition to the Vietnam War. This led to continued work with Calder, Guerrero's eventual work with Nevelson, and Guerrero's return to Arizona, where he lived until his death in 2012 at age 95.
Guerrero's second wife and archivist Dixie Legler Guerrero; Nevelson's granddaughter, sculptor Maria Nevelson; and Guerrero's friends, collaborators and architectural experts, including Martin Filler, also share insights and recollections throughout the documentary.
This special presentation of 'American Masters' and 'VOCES' has been made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Berkeley Film Foundation, Castellano Family Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffery Brown, and Mike and Ginny Lester.
Produced by Latino Public Broadcasting, 'VOCES' is PBS' signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).