Besides the expansive exhibition spaces and the socially conscious art and books storefront, the Underground Museum's Purple Garden is a serene and lightly surreal courtyard with topiaries and benches — and a big lovely outdoor screen, where they regularly show salient movies from the pop to the political. Tonight's edition of Purple Garden Cinema, however, takes a bit of a turn back toward video art, with a rare screening of artist Martine Syms' Incense Sweaters & Ice. Syms' work at the intersection of cinema vérité, social media, cultural critique and installation art has been hailed at galleries and museums, but this short feature comes closer to a familiar movie structure, following two main characters through a Slacker-like series of vignettes that both tell and muddle their story.
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