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David Lynch exhibit will highlight ties to Philadelphia

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The exhibit "David Lynch: The Unified Field" will be coming to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from September 13, 2014 to January 11, 2015 and will highlight the artistic work of famed filmmaker and former Philadelphia resident David Lynch. Lynch is best known for directing films such as "Eraserhead," "The Elephant Man," "Blue Velvet," and "Mulholland Drive." He also recently released an album entitled "The Big Dream." The exhibit will be Lynch's first major museum exhibition in the United States.

Lynch spent part of the 60's living and working in Philadelphia where he experimented with painting, sculpture, sound, and film while a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While he currently lives in Los Angeles, much of his work was inspired by his time spent in Philadelphia. In fact, some Philadelphians affectionately refer to the Spring Garden area as "Eraserhood" as a way to pay homage to Lynch and his Philadelphia roots.

When speaking about his time spent in Philadelphia, Lynch said, "Philadelphia, more than any filmmaker, influenced me. It's the sickest, most corrupt, decaying, fear-ridden city imaginable. I was very poor and living in bad areas. I felt like I was constantly in danger. But it was so fantastic at the same time." He went on to say, "It was fear, but it was so strong, and so magical, like a magnet, that your imagination was always sparking in Philadelphia...I just have to think of Philadelphia now, and I get ideas, I hear the wind, and I'm off into the darkness somewhere."

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Philadelphia Film Society will be screening a retrospective of Lynch's work, called "David Lynch Revisited: A Retrospective Film Series." The Society will also be hosting "A Conversation with David Lynch" which will feature Lynch being interviewed by journalist Kristine McKenna.

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