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Civic Theatre Film: Cutie and the Boxer

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The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of screenings in conjunction with A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Included are films about collectors and artists who have impacted the art world in different ways. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at CivicTheatre.com.

The film slated to be presented is Cutie and the Boxer (2015), a documentary is about the difficult forty-year relationship between Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese-born husband and wife artists who live in New York. Ushio is a small player in the contemporary art world, known for painting with a pair of paint-soaked boxing gloves. Their family has struggled financially for many years. Noriko, who is more than twenty years younger than Ushio, set aside her own career to raise their son Alex and serve as Ushio’s unpaid assistant, receptionist, and chef. Noriko has also worked on her own art, a character she created named Cutie. Cutie's story is told in a comic-book narrative. By the end of the movie, Ushio has begun to recognize that he’s not the only artist in the family. They hold a joint art opening at a SoHo gallery.