Friday, August 24, 2012

I mentioned recent deaths. Another (surprising) one was the passing of Charles Bergengren on July 16th. I hadn't actually seen Charlie in about a decade. Maybe more! He had been teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Art for the last two decades, a professor of art history and architecture. But i met Charlie in 1969-70, when he was working for Anthology Film Archives when it opened at the Public Theater. He was always dressed in brightly colored shirts, which usually came from South America. He was really quite a sight, because he was tall (i think he was 6' 5") and thin, with long hair and a beard, and he'd be riding his bike through the East Village. He moved on, to Cleveland, where he had a wonderful career as a teacher: there have been a lot of tributes from students on his Facebook memorial page.


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