A “Sneak World Premiere” of the documentary “NAKED BRONZE: Louis Smart Sculptor in the Ozarks” will be screened at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall.
This half-hour documentary was produced and directed by Dr. James Bogan, Curators’ Teaching Professor of art history and film at Missouri S&T. The lost wax method of casting is followed from idea to finished piece in the hands of Rolla artist Louis Smart.
“We screened an earlier version of the film in the S&T Film Festival more than a year ago, but it has been considerably tuned up since then,” says Bogan. “This is the definitive version and its first outing will be for Luce Myers’ Art Appreciation class at S&T, but the public is invited, and it is free.”
“Originally I thought I was looking at a two-year project,” says Bogan, “but it ended up taking seven years because that is how long it took to get it right. I have long said, ‘Time is the ally of art, if the artist lives long enough.'”