The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Putney Swope
An unforgettable late-1960s counterculture masterpiece, Putney Swope remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture, and America. Putney Swope, the only African American exec at his ad firm, is unexpectedly elected its president and turns the industry on its ear through a series of outrageous, taboo-busting TV commercials (strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines.) As Swope becomes the generalissimo of Madison Avenue, director Robert Downey Sr. takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum.
The film will be preceded by BLKNWS. Featuring selections from artist Khalil Joseph’s video installation, BLKNWS combines news and social media with originally produced, anchored segments to create a continuously updated broadcast presenting affirming messages about African Americans. The film will be introduced by Emily Rose from Gamma Wave Films and Khalil Joseph’s studio.