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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Finding Vivian Maier

Who is Vivian Maier?
Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Film Duration: 90 minutes (Discussion to follow)
Click here for a trailer.

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
The GATES

The 26-Year Journey of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The GATES
The Gates were a group of gates comprising a site-specific work of art by Bulgarian artist Christo Yavache and French artist Jeanne-Claude, known jointly as Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The artists installed 7,503 vinyl "gates" along 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in Central Park in New York City. From each gate hung a panel of deep saron-colored nylon fabric. The exhibit ran from February 12, 2005 through February 27, 2005.

Written by: Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Matthew Prinzing
Directed by: Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles
Film Duration: 98 minutes (Discussion will follow)

Click here for more a link to their website. Click here for more information about the project.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Vik Muniz: WASTE LAND

"What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you."

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores"- self designated pickers of recyclable materials.

Director: Lucy Walker
Co-directors: João Jardim and Karen Harley
Featuring: Vik Muniz

Click here for a link to the trailer.

Discussion will follow the movie.

 

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn't just "take" his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design and set-up. Filmed over a decade beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson's Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images.

Producer, Director and Cinematographer
Ben Shapiro 2012
Film Duration: 79 minutes

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Discussion will follow the movie.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
The Rape of Europa

"Imagine Our World Without Our Masterpieces"

The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War 2 and the allied efforts to minimize the damage.

Directed by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham
Film Duration: 117 minutes

This film follows the screening of "The Monuments Men" shown on June 13th, from 7-9pm at the WJ Niederkorn Library during the Friday Night Movies series.

Discussion will follow the movie.

 

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
The Face of the 20th Century: BAUHAUS

'Let us create the new building of the future together; it will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form'.

With this vision, in 1919 Walter Gropius opened the Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar, which was to become one of the most influential schools of art, design and architecture from Dessau to Chicago. Artists such as Kandinsky, Itten, Feiniger, Klee, Moholy-Nagy and Schlemmer taught there and, together with directors Gropius and van der Rohe, led the Bauhaus to embody reform, experimentation and the avant-garde. Through artworks, archival records and interviews, this film delves into the exciting story of the school and its protagonists.

Directed by: Frank Whitford
Duration: 49 minutes.
Books on the subject will be available for viewing or check out. Discussion will follow the movie.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Richard Avedon: Darkness & Light

"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph." ~ R. Avedon.
Directed by Helen Whitney
Part of the PBS series "American Masters"

According to photographer Richard Avedon there is always a part of himself hidden in every picture he makes. Not surprisingly he calls his photographs self portraits; they write his autobiography on the faces of those people he portrays. In Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light, for the first time in his forty-year career, he allows somebody else to take his portrait. The film contains interviews with actress Isabella Rosselini, critic Max Kozloff and fashion editor Polly Mellen, to name a few. Kopple: "Avedon's integrity and vision enable him to capture the essence of people. This wonderful film brings to life the spirit and method of an incomparably brilliant photographer and reinforces the power and importance of photography."

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Marwencol: When his world was stolen, Mark Hogancamp made a world of his own

"Marwencol" is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp.

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs "Marwencol" with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark's homemade therapy is deemed "art", forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he's avoided since the attack.

"Marwencol" was released theatrically by the Cinema Guild and aired on PBS. It has won over 25 awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards, Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rotten Tomatoes, and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times calls the film “an exhilarating, utterly unique experience” while the Village Voice says that it's “exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do.”

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

A powerful and intimate portrait, JOAN MITCHELL: PORTRAIT OF AN ABSTRACT PAINTER captures Mitchell's independent spirit and testifies eloquently to Mitchell's art. Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago in 1926 and died in Paris in 1992. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan settled in New York City in 1950. She was an active participant of New York's dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene and hung out with fellow painters Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston and, soon, poets Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler and John Ashbery. In the mid-fifties, she moved to Paris, France. There she was part of a circle of friends that included Pierre Matisse, Samuel Beckett and Alberto Giacometti. Mitchell is one of the great abstract painters of the 20th century. This elegantly edited documentary weaves interviews with the acerbic Mitchell and other leading painters and critics while letting her stunning pictures dominate the film. Stephen Holden of the New York Times says, "The canvases have grand chaotic romanticism. While celebrating the physical universe with an ecstatic love of color, they don't shy away from expressing a harsh, feral apprehension of nature and its violence." CAST: Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Hess, Robert Miller, Brice Marden, Yves Michaud, Jean Fournier, Elizabeth Murray, Philippe Richard, Frederique Lucien, Marcia Tucker
TECHNICAL: 58 Mins | Color | Not Rated
FESTIVALS AWARDS: WINNERS "Whitney Pratt Grand Prize" 1993 Montreal International Festival for Films on Art
AND "Gold Plaque Award" 1993 Chicago International Film Festival

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
HERB & DOROTHY

HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 2,000 pieces, filling every corner of their tiny one bedroom apartment. "Not even a toothpick could be squeezed into the apartment," recalls Dorothy. In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The vast majority of their collection was given as a gift to the institution. Many of the works they acquired appreciated so significantly over the years that their collection today is worth millions of dollars. Still, the Vogels never sold a single piece. Today Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat. They've refilled it with piles of new art they've acquired.

HERB & DOROTHY is directed by first time filmmaker Megumi Sasaki. The film received the Golden Starfish Award for the Best Documentary Film and Audience Award from the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. It has also received Audience Awards from the 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival and the 2009 Philadelphia Cinefest. Palm Springs International Film Festival named HERB & DOROTHY one of their "Best of Fest" films in 2009.

Link to movie website http://herbanddorothy.com/hd1/
Link to video trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiyLAlWR95M

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (2010)
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'William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible' provides a rare, in-depth look at the life and work of the internationally acclaimed South African artist, William Kentridge. Working in a variety of media - including sculpture, drawing, animation, tapestry, film, theater, and opera - Kentridge tackles a broad range of subjects, from cataclysmic historical events to poignant personal moments. [The film] features exclusive interviews with Kentridge discussing his family's history and life under apartheid, and revealing the importance of improvisation, inquiry, and open-ended possibilities in his process. Follow Kentridge on an international journey that documents his work behind the scenes: from the intimacy of his Johannesburg studio, to galleries worldwide, to backstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera as he develops, stages, and directs Shostakovich's The Nose, based on Gogol's story. For a sneak peek, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzEm_XKgo8o

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
William Eggleston: In the Real World (2005)

In 1976, William Eggleston’s hallucinatory, Faulknerian images were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s first one-man exhibition of color photographs. It is rare for an artist of such stature to allow himself to be shown as unguarded as Eggleston does in Michael Almereyda’s intimate portrait. The filmmaker tracks the photographer on trips to Kentucky, LA and NY, but gives particular attention to downtime in Memphis, Eggleston’s home base. The film shows a deep connection between Eggleston’s enigmatic personality and his groundbreaking work. Not Rated

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Henry Cartier Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2006)

A wonderful, evocative biography of the man considered the greatest photographer of the last century. Cartier-Bresson’s life reads like a history of the century – World War II, China, Egypt, Mexico, India, Sartre, Matisse, Ghandi (minutes before he was killed), and Cuba all became subjects of his famous "decisive moment" style. Interviews with Cartier-Bresson, Isabelle Huppert, Arthur Miller and other luminaries are woven into this indelible portrait of an icon of both photography and the world. Not Rated

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2008)

As one of the world's preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers' values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as "America's greatest photographer," she first came to international prominence in 1992 with Immediate Family, a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her three children. What Remains – Mann's recent series on the myriad aspects of death and decay--is the subject of this eponymously titled documentary. Not Rated

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