View film 'Summers with Helen' by exhibiting artist Elaine Mayes
Elaine Mayes, still from "Summers with Helen," 2017, video. Courtesy of the artist.

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for a screening of "Summers with Helen," a recent film by veteran photographer Elaine Mayes. The film is a conceptual documentary and portrait of Mayes and Helen Levitt.

Levitt (1913–2009) was a well-known artist, photographer and filmmaker, and one of the first women invited to a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in the early 1940s. While being one of the significant chroniclers of urban street life of her time, she was also notoriously camera shy. However, during successive summer holidays together in the Catskill Mountains between 1996 and 2006, Mayes, a close friend, documented some of their engagements and conversations. This resulted in the only known filmed records of Levitt in her personal life. Mayes, herself a groundbreaking photographer, edited these engagements into a meditative, intimate film exploring themes of old age and the passage of time.

Elaine Mayes is a photographer and filmmaker who has been working with camera-produced images for 57 years. Her photographs have been exhibited in places such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Massachusetts; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California and The Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.

The screening will be followed by a talk by the artist, and coincides with the opening of her exhibition "In the Present: Five Decades" at SCAD Museum of Art on view Sept. 20, 2018 through Jan. 13, 2019. The exhibition is made possible through a grant received from Kathy Levitt.