Painter Beverly McIver learns life lessons in Raising Renee

Beverly McIver, whose work was displayed in a solo show last year at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, is the kind of painter who pulls no punches. She paints bold, expressionistic statements based on her experience as an African-American woman, touching unflinchingly on issues of race and class. And now the documentary film Raising Renee, filmed by Oscar nominees Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher, does the same with another, more personal aspect of McIver's personality. After her mother died in 2004, McIver took on the care of her 43-year-old developmentally disabled sister, Renee, at the same time her career as an artist was gaining ground; Jordan and Ascher then captured their journey together over a period of six years, focusing on how it changed and reinforced McIver's life and goals as an artist.

BMoCA will host a screening of Raising Renee at 6:45 p.m. tonight; McIver will appear in person to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session after the showing. Admission is $5 to $10; visit BMoCA online or call 303-443-2122 for reservations.

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