Craft On Film Series

Emile Norman by His Own Design

Thursday, March 7
7:00 to 8:30 p.m., The Conference Center, Musser Auditorium


The Craft on Film Series continues with Emile Norman: By His Own Design, a portrait of the self-taught California artist, Emile Norman, who worked through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America. The film tells the story of Norman's independent spirit—how it developed from his early days on a walnut ranch in the San Gabriel Valley to success in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. This independent spirit later gave him the confidence to leave the New York art scene and find freedom in Big Sur, where he and Brooks Clement, his partner of 30 years, built a house and created a haven for a circle of friends that still grows today. The film highlights Norman's work displayed in Bergdorf Goodman’s windows, adorned on chorus girls' headdresses in the Fred Astaire movie, Blue Skies, and winning rave reviews at New York City gallery shows.