Mr Dial Has Something to Say

60 min - USA Celia Carey

Southern African-American visual art is the lesser-known 'sibling' of jazz and the blues. Like the music, this improvisational form has influenced many now-famous white American artists. But unlinke the musicians, the visual artists have not received recognition for their historical impact on American culture. Why? This film explores the topic of racism and classism in the elite world of the American art museums, schools and galleries, focusing on the experiences of Thornton Dial--79-year-old 'self-taught' artist from Alabama.