Western Pennsylvania Museum To Present Private Screening of John Van Hamersveld’s Short Documentary Film “Crazy World Ain’t It”

The private screening of “Crazy World Ain’t It” will occur during the upcoming event, In Conversation: John Van Hamersveld, October 2 at the Museum.

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania (September 24, 2019) – The Westmoreland Museum of American Art announces a private screening of legendary artist John Van Hamersveld’s short documentary film “Crazy World Ain’t It” during the upcoming event, In Conversation: John Van Hamersveld, Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Museum. The artist himself, John Van Hamersveld, will be present for the private screening and be featured in conversation with the Museum’s chief curator Barbara Jones.

This will be the first screening of Van Hamersveld’s documentary, “Crazy World Ain’t It” outside of a film festival. Offering viewers a vivid glimpse into Van Hamersveld’s seminal art career, the award-winning documentary artfully demonstrates his influence on culture and on other renowned artists, and serves as a beacon of inspiration to all young artists, encouraging them to pursue their art.

The 11-minute film premiered at the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival February of this year and was an Official Selection at the Miami Independent Film Festival, The Fine Arts Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, SF Shorts, Los Angeles Independent Film Awards, Fastidious, TopShorts, Tallgrass, San Pedro International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Film Awards.

Recently, Van Hamersveld’s “Crazy World Ain’t It” was awarded Best Short Documentary and Best Sound Design by Festigious Film Festival, Best Short Documentary by TopShorts, an online film festival, and Best Short Documentary by Los Angeles Film Awards. The film was produced and directed by Dave Tourjé, award-winning director Christopher Sibley and producer Arianna Capriotti, with the screenplay by Andrew Van Wyk and Adam Cude.

Two 50-second trailers have been playing at the Museum’s featured exhibition, Era of Cool: The Art of John Van Hamersveld, since the exhibit opened on July 20 and will continue to run until October 20. These short trailers provide a snippet of what the full film brilliantly captures of Van Hamersveld’s extraordinary, prolific career as an artist and the continued impact of his iconic body of work.

After the private screening of “Crazy World Ain’t It,” the audience will hear from Jones and Van Hamersveld who will share stories behind his iconic, career launching “Endless Summer” poster, the numerous album covers and posters he designed during the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and his current mural work and public art projects.

Tickets are $8 for members of the Museum and $10 for non-members. Students can attend the event for free with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased or reserved at showclix.com/event/in-conversation-john-van-hamersveld.

The Westmoreland’s hours:

  • Wed. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sat. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Mon. – Tues.: closed (except for scheduled school groups and partner programs)

Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Hillman Exhibition Fund of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

The Westmoreland receives funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the Marketing to Attract Tourism Grant through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, among other funding from government, foundations, corporations and individuals.



About The Westmoreland Museum of American Art: 
Western Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated to American art, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is a place to share meaningful cultural experiences that open the door to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities. The Westmoreland’s extraordinary permanent collection, with its strong focus on the art and artists of southwestern Pennsylvania, is complemented by an impressive schedule of temporary exhibitions— both nationally traveling exhibitions and those organized by the Museum—as well as community-oriented programming and special events. More information is available at thewestmoreland.org and on the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.


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