House of Stronzo chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his "kids"- the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home- before he dies.
Parts of his collection have been donated to and exhibited at such renowned institutions as the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Now at 76, Cecere has whittled down his collection from an all-time high of 30,000 objects.
He thinks his house is the star of the show. But it's Cecere's bursting passion for his collection, his fondness for the often struggling artists who are driven to leave an artistic mark on the world, which steals his show. He struggles with the effects of diabetes and a breathing disorder, a constant reminder that time is not on his side. His daughter, former U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers, as well as museum curators offer glimpses into the peculiarities of Pete Cecere, a man who has made it his life's work to honor those artists who receive little recognition but who boast an abundant passion for fulfilling the demands of their creative spirit.
The 60-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Matt White, moderated by AVAM's Founder & Director Rebecca Hoffberger. Light concessions will be available for purchase at the event. This film screening will be held after normal museum hours and AVAM's galleries will be closed. Museum admission is not included in ticket price.
General Admission Tickets: $10
AVAM Members: FREE (please contact Melissa Mauro at [email protected], 410-244-1900 x238 to reserve your ticket)
House of Stronzo Film Screening + Director's TalkFriday, February 23, 2018