On Thursday morning, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts announced that from September 13, 2014 – January 11, 2015 they will be hosting the first major U.S. museum exhibition featuring the work of world-renowned filmmaker, and PAFA alum, David Lynch. The organization first revealed that they would be honoring Lynch back in November.
David Lynch: The Unified Field will feature about 90 different paintings and drawings dating back to 1965 reaching all the way into the present, many of which have yet to be seen by the public. Lynch’s time at PAFA led him into filmmaking where he used a variety of fine art mediums, like sculpture and painting, to create some of his most treasured works. A major section of the exhibit will showcase Lynch’s earliest pieces, created during his time spent in Philadelphia, from 1965-1970. The artist’s first film, Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times), will be presented in a room of its own and staged as it was originally presented in 1967. There will also be corresponding drawings on display to help illustrate further this multimedia masterpiece.
"The exhibition will include a selection of short films made while Lynch was living in Philadelphia shown continuously within the installation. In addition to The Alphabet and The Grandmother, this program will include a rarely seen group of 16-mm experiments and the previously unscreened film made at the opening of James Havard’s Crayola exhibition at Dianne Vanderlip Gallery in Philadelphia (1967)."
PAFA promises other exhibits and events that will compliment Unified Field, including Something Clicked in Philly: David Lynch and His Contemporaries in the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery featuring pieces by Morris Blackburn, Murray Dessner, Jack Fisk, James Havard, Tom Hatton, Noel Mahaffey, Eo Omwake, Elizabeth Osborne, Tom Palmore, Peggy Reavey, Bruce Samuelson, Hobson Pittman, and others.