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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Magical Universe

Filmed for over a decade, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88-year-old reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas.
Profiling Carbee's amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle, MAGICAL UNIVERSE explores this unique artist's story through the prism of his unlikely friendship with filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly
becomes Carbee's closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a film about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity, culminating with Al Carbee's greatest triumph as an artist and as a man.

Film directed by: Jeremy Workman
Film duration: 77 minutes. A discussion will follow.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Salt of the Earth

“The Salt of the Earth”
Directed by Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastiao Salgado has been traveling through the continents, in the footsteps of an everchanging humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty.

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Film Duration: 110 minutes. A discussion will follow. - FREE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Through a Lens Darkly (Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People)

The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers

Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Lyle Ashton Harris and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery - and a call to action.

Director/Co-Producer: Thomas Allen Harris
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Explore the life, loves, and work of the remarkable photographer Dorothea Lange

Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, including the haunting Migrant Mother (pictured), Dorothea Lange bore witness as young America matured into a world power. For more than five decades of the 20th century, her lens brought subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions and capturing the human condition.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Art & Craft

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies

Helps us to realize cinema's continuing influence on the art of our time.

PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. With narration by Scorsese and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema's continuing influence on the art of our time.

Produced by: Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut
Directed by: Arne Glimcher
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
The Hidden Art of Islam

"The Hidden Art of Islam"
Explore the tradition of figurative art at the heart of Islam

Muslim belief and tradition specifies that there should be no depiction of God or the Prophet Muhammad. In religious contexts, this constraint on what artists can depict extends to human figures and other living creatures as well. These prohibitions have inspired a rich visual culture based on calligraphy, Arabesque floral designs and geometry, all of which feature strongly in the art and design found throughout Islam.

Produced by: PBS 2014
Narrated by: Rageh Omaar
Film length: 60 minutes
View a trailer here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Charting the Intersection of Rural America and Contemporary Graphic Design

"Typeface" focuses on a rural Midwestern museum and print shop where international artists meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique... READ MORE

The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in rural Two Rivers, Wisconsin, a struggling industrial town on Lake Michigan about an 90 minutes north of Milwaukee, houses over 1.5 million wood letterforms. Currently, these letters are not behind glass or partitions, but are instead organized and available for the layperson or artist to consider, hold, and if they attend a workshop, use for printing. The Museum occupies a portion of the original Hamilton Company type factory building, residing there free of charge to heighten Two Rivers’ cultural status.

The Wood Type Museum’s existence has become critical to a subset of the international art and design community who is passionate about the history of typography and its function in the contemporary field... READ MORE



Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Tim's Vermeer

"Tim's Vermeer"
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

Cast: Colin Blakemore, David Hockney, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette
Directed by: Teller (Penn & Teller)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend

"The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend" tells the story of the women who, for more than 150 years have made quilts reflecting their history and daily lives. Over generations, they worked in isolation, continuing to inhabit the remote plantation land their parents once slaved. Today, art critics worldwide compare them to the great creative enclaves of the Italian Renaissance.

This uplifting, Emmy-winning PBS film tells the modern-day "Cinderalla" story of the quiltmakers of Gee's Bend, Alabama. Artists born into extreme poverty, they live to see their quilts hailed by a The New York Times art critic as "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced."

Film duration: 60 minutes
Directed by: Celia Carey

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