Key to the Riddle is a fascinating look at one of America’s most notorious cult visionaries—a man who truly believed that art could save his life. Using Bess’s own hauntingly sincere words (in letters to Betty Parsons, Meyer Schapiro, and others) the book and documentary traces the life and logic of this forgotten artist and explains how a love of beauty and a desire for wholeness lead Bess to self-surgery to become a pseudo-hermaphrodite and, ultimately, a mental hospital.
Key to the Riddle producer Chuck Smith will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.
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