Town Destroyer Free Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Date: October 24, 2023
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Location: Hunt Union Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy, Oneonta, NY 13820
Otsego County

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 pm
Hunt Union Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta

Come to a free screening of Town Destroyer (2022, 53 minutes), followed by a question-and-answer session via Zoom with the filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow. Town Destroyer explores the ways we look at art and history at a time of racial reckoning. 

The documentary focuses on a public high school’s controversial set of murals depicting the life of George Washington: slaveowner, General, land speculator, President, and a man Seneca leaders called “Town Destroyer” after he ordered their villages destroyed during the Revolutionary War. The murals were created in 1936 by Victor Arnautoff, who studied under Diego Rivera, and funded as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). 

The controversy becomes a touchstone for a national debate over public art and historic memory.

This event is presented by Glimmerglass Film Days and the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and is supported by the SUNY Oneonta College Senate Committee on Public Events. 

The screening at SUNY Oneonta is free and open to all.

Order your free tickets in advance

The film also will be shown, with the filmmakers in person, on Friday, November 10 at the Fenimore Art Museum as part of the 11th season of Glimmerglass Film Days. There is a charge to see the event at the Fenimore ($8 in advance, $10 at the door).