This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work.
‘The documentary reveals a woman as layered, wry and dark as the artwork that’s won her Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, amid plenty of other recognition, ’says Julia Felsenthal in VOGUE. ‘Applebroog’s art is intimate and political, confessional and sometimes exhibitionist.’
Occupying Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street , Applebroogs’s solo exhibition, ‘Birds’, finds the 90-year-old artist advancing her trenchant political inquiry through images of birds, presenting many never-before-seen avian portraits alongside bird paintings and sculptures, all ripe with symbolism relevant to this unprecedented moment. The exhibition expands upon Applebroog’s 2016 project ‘Angry Birds of America’ and reaffirms her status as one of contemporary art’s most consistently inventive political image makers.
Visit this page from Friday 27 November, 12 am EST – Sunday 29 November, 11:59 pm EST to watch the film. ‘Call Her Applebroog’ is a Zeitgeist Films release; produced and directed by Beth B.