The schedule for 7 DUDLEY CINEMA - films & live events at the SPONTO Gallery will also include the schedule for DOCUMENTAL - the Unurban Coffeehouse film series at:
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Seven Dudley Cinema began at the Sponto Gallery, located at 7 Dudley Avenue in Venice California. It was the home of the infamous Venice West Cafe from the late 50's to the early 60's - an important birthplace for the Beat movement, much like North Beach in San Francisco, the Village in New York and the Left Bank in Paris. Sponto Gallery retrieves the explorations of Alan Kaprow's Happenings, Jack Smith's experimental films and the Fluxus art movement with its various film, poetry and comedy events.
Poet Stuart Perkoff, who declared "All words are holy in the right mouth and right ears," wrote on the walls of the Venice West Cafe: "Art is Love is God." The Sponto Gallery community is developing ways of communicating that makes one aware of the processes and biases of communication. They stimulate the growth of subverting otherness, finding epiphanies and discovering redefinitions. The Sponto Family evokes Joseph Beuys resurrecting Black Mountain College with Sun Ra, Martha Graham, Bucky Fuller, Captain Beefheart, Sonia Sanchez, Lord Buckely and Luis Bunuel as instructors. They seem to be verbs: illuminate, demystify, unlearn, persevere, reinvent, question, interconnect, cross-pollinate, widen horizons, and make, match and mirror centers without margins.
Diane & Abraham Butler's CIRCLE OF COLOR summer and winter solstice shows at Sponto continue to transform art and music celebrations. Gallery owner Sponto and programmer Gerry Fialka believe in Albert Schweitzer's words: "Do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it."