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Vera Frenkel's The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden: A Remarkable Story

Vera Frenkel, The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden

Vera Frenkel, The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden: A Remarkable Story, Part 1, Her Room in Paris (film still), 1979. 1h., video, colour, sound.

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Vera Frenkel's The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden: A Remarkable Story

March 10, 2017, 9pm

The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden: A Remarkable Story, Part 1, Her Room in Paris
Vera Frenkel, 1979, 1h, video, colour, sound.
In this videotape, Frenkel plays four stereotyped roles, each bearing witness to a different truth regarding the missing novelist, Cornelia Lumsden: Lumsden's Friend, her Rival, the Expert on her life and work, and the C.B.C. Commentator. Tim Whiten plays the member of the Audience, the Lover, and the Confidant of the writer.

The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden: A Remarkable Story, Part 2 "And Now The Truth" (A Parenthesis)
Vera Frenkel, 1980, 31 min., video, colour, sound.
The tape investigates an unexpected twist in Frenkel's research into the Lumsden mystery. On 12 October 1979, during a talk Frenkel gave in Montreal on the subject of "Art and Artifice", a member of the audience claiming to be the missing novelist (Cornelia Lumsden) confronted the artist with the challenge, "By what right are you using my name in your art? I and my family wish to know."

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