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Documentary Explores Career of Enigmatic Artist Albert Bloch

Monday, September 16, 2019

Albert Bloch’s “Frieze for a Music Room” hangs imposingly in the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. The 1915 painting created by this former chair of the university’s art department depicts groups of clowns reveling and performing music – a fine representation of the artist’s early work that strove to “see sound or hear color.”
But those unable to visit the museum will now have the chance to observe a trove of Bloch’s work and learn the impetus behind it, thanks to a new documentary on the subject.
“AB” screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Lawrence Arts Center. Directed by KU film alumnus Tim DePaepe, the picture is co-produced by Kelly Chong, KU professor of sociology.
“I’ve always been a great fan of expressionist painting, and I myself have dabbled in painting and drawing all my life,” Chong said. “In 2015, I got acquainted with the director and learned more about Albert Bloch. The more I found out about him, the more intrigued I became.”
Chong explains there is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the Midwestern artist.
“Many thought he was just a professor at KU who didn’t really contribute to modern art very much. I don’t think people actually know his significance. And while this project doesn’t answer all those questions, it offers a beginning of exploration into the man’s legacy,” she said. Read more

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