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Durham County Library Presents Film The Cardboard Bernini

Program: Film Screening: The Cardboard Bernini
Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host filmmaker Olympia Stone for a screening of her award-winning film The Cardboard Bernini at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The film chronicles the life and work of artist James Grashow, sculptor, woodcut and mixed media artist.

The Cardboard Bernini follows Grashow as he builds a monumental, intricately detailed cardboard version of the baroque Trevi Fountain. His goal was to show the work and then let the elements destroy it, confronting his ambivalence about the making and meaning of art and life. Stone documented the process from the start in 2007 to its end, six weeks after it was installed outdoors in 2012.

Stone says, “My film is an intimate glimpse of an artist at work on what he considers might be his ‘final epic.’ We follow Jimmy as he asks what is the point of art and creation? What is the connection between creation and destruction? And, ultimately, what is the point of our lives in the face of our mortality?” The film was featured in a May 2013 New York Times article.

Grashow, age 71, worked as an illustrator for a variety of magazines and newspapers, especially The New York Times, and for Columbia Records. He designed the cover for Jethro Tull’s 1969 album, “Stand Up,” and the 1971 album, “Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page.”

There will be a DVD signing after the showing.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities.

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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