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Cinematheque “Exits Through the Gift Shop”

February 8, 2011

By Dillon Sutherland, Staff Writer

This past Wednesday marked the first feature of Cinematheque for the spring semester.  Cinematheque showcased a documentary called Exit Through The Gift Shop, which is about street art and its many different artists.

The movie drew in the largest crowd of any feature shown by the program, with more than fifteen students as well as faculty in attendance.

Mike Elrod, library instructor and electronics services assistant, opened up the presentation by revealing that the library has received a new collection of graphic novels, bringing it a few samples of the additions and talking about the documentary.

Also, Dr. Ted Whisenhunt, chair of the art department and assistant professor of art, spoke about the film and some of the artists within it.  Whisenhunt also gave his thoughts on some existing doubt regarding street art being accepted as a true art form.

“I absolutely think that street art is widely accepted in the art world,” said Whisenhunt. “My thoughts are that it is like urban folk art.  It’s untrained people doing weird thing, and it’s always been around.  I definitely think it’s legit.  It’s something we look at in art appreciation.”

The film was widely enjoyed by those who attended and watched.  Everyone laughed at several comical scenes and were impressed by the art inside the movie.  After the feature was over, some of the students eagerly spoke out on what they thought of the movie and the art.

“I think it was great,” said Ben Partain, a freshman art major from Elberton. “I think that the underlying theme is that anyone can be successful at art, but it takes real determination and talent to be a great artist.”

“It was a good kick start for the semester,” Elrod stated. “ It was fun and raises intellectual questions.  I’m also glad about the new collection of graphic novels.”

For the rest of the semester, Elrod stated that Cinematheque definitely “has some good stuff planned.”

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