U.Va. Studio Art Department Presents the film ‘The Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morell’

I think this will be a wonderful insight into an artist’s process and everyday. His website is here.

WHAT: “Shadow of the House — Photographer Abelardo Morell”
with Morell and filmmaker Allie Humenuk
WHEN: Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, room 153

January 27, 2009 — The University of Virginia Studio Art Department
will screen “Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morell,” on
Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. The film follows Morell,
an internationally renowned photographer, over the course of seven
years and captures with deceptive simplicity and grace the daily life
of the working artist.
Filmmaker Allie Humenuk looks closely at the unique process of this
inventive Boston artist, whether he is photographing ordinary
household objects, glass sculptures constructed of light bulbs and
chemistry flasks, or making camera obscura photographs in which he
creates an ambiguous marriage of interior environment and outside

Humenuk’s portrait of the artist reveals deep trust between subject
and filmmaker, as well as the creative inspiration she draws from
Morell’s vision.

Both Humenuk and Morell will attend the event, which is free and open
to the public.
Bo Smith, former director of film programs at Boston’s Museum of Fine
Arts and now executive director of the Denver Film Society, said,
“It’s one of the best films I’ve seen on an artist and the artistic

While the view of Morell’s body of work and artistic process is indeed
revelatory, the intimate look at his personal life is the heart of the
film. Though he now lives and teaches in Massachusetts, Morell was
born in Cuba, fleeing that country with his family as a child when his
father’s life was threatened by the Castro regime.
Forty years later, despite Morell’s deep personal doubts and parental
disapproval, Humenuk traveled with him back to Cuba, where he
reconnected with the extended family and the homeland he left behind.
Morell’s mixed feelings about nationhood, heritage and identity are
reflected in his own delayed U.S. citizenship ceremony, a heartfelt
event subtly captured in the film.

For information, contact William Wylie at 434-924-6132 or