Alumna Judith Godwin (BFA ’52) was the subject of a short film included in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Anna Gaskell, “Judith Loves Martha” pays homage to “a wily 87-year-old New Yorker…[and] one of very few women of the Abstract Expressionist Movement.” The 10-minute short starring Godwin was produced by Galerie Gisela Capitain and released in 2017.
During the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which ran from January 20 to 28 in Park City, Utah, “Judith Loves Martha” was shown at four separate screenings. An exhibition of works on paper by Gaskell, titled Anna Makes Judith Loves Martha, was shown at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Co., from June to July of 2017.
Godwin was born in 1930 in Suffolk, Va. She earned her arts degree in 1952 at the RPI School of Art—today’s VCUarts. She painted extensively in the Abstract Expressionist style in the 1950s, and became friends with a number of notable artists during her early career, including Martha Graham.
Gaskell is an Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University graduate. Her photographs and films are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, MoMA, the Guggenheim and many more.
Image from VCU Libraries Gallery.