Event Highlight: "Sherman's March" at Good Children Gallery
Civil War buffs, film fans, and art supporters can all find common ground tonight at Good Children Gallery’s screening of Sherman’s March: A Mediation to the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation,a 1986 documentary by Ross McElwee. The film was awarded the Grand Jury prize in documentary at the 1987 Sundance Film Festival.
Curator Sophie Lvoff, whose photographs NolaVie featured in May, knew she wanted to use Good Children for more than just the exhibition Grant v. Lee, her 150th anniversary re-telling of the Civil War this month. She has brought in a host of multidisciplinary programming, including a panel June 16 and a performance during the opening reception.Sherman’s March is the last event in conjunction with the show, which is on display through July 3 at Good Children.
Lvoff described the pursuits of the history-seeking narrator to me. “He tries to start down this journey of following Sherman’s March to the Sea and ends up having all these weird romantic interactions with Southern women.”
She says the film captures an obsession with the fear of nuclear war at the time it was made, and contains both a direness and disjunction, a true story of Sherman’s March, if a winding narrative.
I can see why Lvoff chose the film, which she describes as one of her favorites. Dualities, such as in the exhibition's title, and a dichotomy of “beauty and history,” are prevalent in Grant v. Lee.
I’ll have more on the diverse exhibition in a Rising Art column on Saturday, but don’t miss Sherman’s March at 8 p.m. at Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave.