One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story | Chicago Reader

One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story

An absorbing profile of Albert Wagner, the Cleveland mover who turned to God and the canvas at age 50 and became a highly regarded outsider artist. Wagner was a bad cat, all right: he kept three families secret from one another, fathering 20 children in the process, and earned a felony conviction for sexually molesting his third wife's daughter. Spared a prison term, he experienced a religious epiphany, became a Pentecostal minister, took up painting, and over the next 32 years turned out thousands of pictures about the Gospel and the black experience in America. Thomas G. Miller shoots video footage of Wagner inside the cluttered and colorful “Voodoo House” he mantained in crime-ridden East Cleveland before his death in 2006; by that time Wagner was lionized by students and collectors, though many are offended by his demeaning images of black men. Delroy Lindo narrates. 80 min.


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