Harlem’s Albert Maysles Awarded The National Medal of the Arts

July 27, 2014

albert mayslesOn Monday, July 28th, Albert Maysles will be in Washington D.C. to receive the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Related: Listen to Albert Maysles on The Danny Tisdale Show on HW Radio Podcast >>>

The awards honor extraordinary contributions to the arts and humanities, and are the highest recognition the U.S. bestows on its artists and scholars. The medal citation reads: “Albert Maysles for rethinking and remaking documentary film in America. One of the pioneers of direct cinema, he has offered authentic depictions of people and communities across the globe for nearly 60 years. By capturing raw emotions and representations, his work reflects the unfiltered truths of our shared humanity.”

In a ceremony at the White House, medals will be presented by President Obama to Albert, along with other legendary artists, renowned scholars, musicians, poets and institutions. The First Lady will also attend.

The Maysles Documentary Center will be live-streaming the ceremony at Maysles Documentary Center (323 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard, between 127th and 128th streets) on Monday afternoon, starting at 2pm and invite you to join us for a viewing party. Refreshments will be served.

Please join us in congratulating Albert on this recognition of his continued work in documentary filmmaking. For more information on Albert visit www.Maysles.org.

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