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The Westmoreland plans screening of pop artist’s documentary

Shirley McMarlin
Courtesy of John Van Hamersveld
Iconic pop artist John Van Hamersveld will visit The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg Oct. 2 for a documentary screening and conversation with Chief Curator Barbara Jones.

A screening of artist John Van Hamersveld’s short documentary film, “Crazy World Ain’t It,” will be part of an upcoming event with the artist at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

“In Conversation: John Van Hamersveld” is planned for 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Greensburg museum. Along with the private screening, the evening will feature the artist talking with the museum’s Chief Curator Barbara Jones.

This will be the first screening of “Crazy World Ain’t It” outside of a film festival, according to the museum.

“Offering viewers a vivid glimpse into Van Hamersveld’s seminal art career, the award-winning documentary artfully demonstrates his influence on culture and on other renowned artists, and serves as a beacon of inspiration to all young artists, encouraging them to pursue their art,” the museum says.

The 11-minute film premiered at the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February of this year, showing since then at numerous other festivals.

Recently, Van Hamersveld’s “Crazy World Ain’t It” was awarded Best Short Documentary and Best Sound Design by Festigious Film Festival, Best Short Documentary by online film festival TopShorts and Best Short Documentary by Los Angeles Film Awards.

Two 50-second trailers have been playing at The Westmoreland’s current exhibition, “Era of Cool: The Art of John Van Hamersveld,” continuing through Oct. 20.

After the screening, museum guests will hear from Jones and Van Hamersveld, who will share stories behind his iconic, career-launching “Endless Summer” poster, his other album cover and poster designs and his current work on murals and public art projects.

A ticket is $10, or $8 for museum members. Students enter free with a valid ID.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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