Juxtapoz Film Series at MoMA preview: Bill Daniel's "Who is Bozo Texino?"

Juxtapoz // Monday, 31 Jan 2011
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Starting next week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Juxtapoz Magazine will be the subject of a special film series All the Wrong Art: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film. On Friday, February 11th, Juxtapoz and MoMA will screen Bill Daniel's' cult film, "Who is Bozo Texino?".

The screening of "Who is Bozo Texino?" will be followed by a discussion between Bill Daniel and graphic designer Gary Fogelson.



In Bill Daniel's words:

About 20 years ago I sanctimoniously departed from the shackles of straight society on a west-bound freight train on a quixotic quest to find the origin of a mysterious box car graffiti. With some difficulty, my adventures culminated in the making of a film, “Who is Bozo Texino?” which since completed has somehow not facilitated my re-admission into the stability of society, but merely shifted the mode of my chronic vagabondage from living on freight trains and shooting film, to living in a van and showing film. I’ve screened the movie in likely over 400 venues, from the Museum of Modern Art, to the Slab City RV Park, and earned numerous citations for my efforts; a Guggenheim Fellowship, Illegal Inhabitation of a Motor Vehicle, and a prized NYC Open Container Violation.

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Who is Bozo Texino? is the picaresque chronicle of a 16-year search for the source of a ubiquitous rail graffiti—a simple sketch of a blank-staring character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, “Bozo Texino”—a drawing seen on railcars for over 80 years. Daniel rode freight trains across the West carrying a Super-8 sound camera and a 16mm Bolex, interviewing tramps and brakemen and in his quest discovered the roots of a folkloric tradition that has gone mostly unnoticed for a century.


Taking inspiration from Beat artists Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac, the film functions both as a subcultural documentary and a stylized fable on wanderlust, outsider identity, and escape.


For a full screening schedule and information about all the films and the series, click here.

Also, look for Juxtapoz' feature on Bill Daniel in the April 2011 issue of Juxtapoz.

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