Film on Art Series
Film on Art Series
The Butler’s free Film on Art series features art history documentaries, which are shown on Tuesdays at noon in the museum’s state-of-the-art Beecher Center Zona Auditorium. Likewise, the Butler’s Art of Film series, shown at scheduled times, presents the best of Hollywood classics drawn from the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 films, as well as the Erbe collection of silent films, classic television and cartoons.
Tuesdays from Noon to 1:00 pm,
October – December 2018
October 2: Conclusion of film on Norman Rockwell followed by Edward R. Murrow interview with the artist
October 9: Alice Neel, one of the great portrait painters of the twentieth century (1 hr. and 22 min.)
October 16: The Phillips Collection: America’s First Museum of Modern Art (40 min.) + the first 20 min. of Behind the Scenes—painting and drawing with David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud
October 23: completion of Behind the Scenes
October 30: Hieronymous Bosch, a study of the intriguing 16th-century Dutch painter
November 6: Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, a study of the 16th-century Flemish painter, master of symbol-filled genre paintings.
November 13: Peter Paul Rubens, a study of the Flemish artist and diplomat whose work embodies the ideals of the High Renaissance in the North.
November 20: Discovery of Art: Maxfield Parrish: a documentary on one of America’s best-known 20th century painters and illustrators.
November 27: Conversations with Robert Indiana, a documentary about this important artist who is generally considered part of the Pop movement.
December 4: American Visions: The Promised Land. Before there was an America, disparate bands of settlers strived to carve out an identity in a virgin land. In the West, Spanish missions used art to convert the natives to Catholicism. In New England, plain Protestant settlers were suspicious of art’s pleasures. And in Virginia, an exiled aristocracy recreated its ideal of England. Early portraits of these settlers asked us to consider the emergence of this new person, this American.
December 11: American Visions: The Republic of Virtue. Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers felt that classicism lent the young nation power and authority. From heroic statues of George Washington to the architecture of Washington, D.C., the new republic adopted and transformed the classical style to serve a new, democratic ideal.
December 18: American Visions: The Wilderness and the West.
This volume explores “majestic primal America, and the idea of landscape as God’s fingerprint. Landscape painting held deep religious and patriotic connotations; soon, the belief in Manifest Destiny was embodied in art. Traveling from Yellowstone to the Hudson Valley, Robert Hughes (renowned art critic) explores the artists Albert Bierstadt, John James Audubon, Frederic Church, Frederic Remington and Thomas Cole. In their work he finds the conflicting impulses to worship the land and to conquer it, to create a myth of the West just as the frontier itself was closing.”
December 25: NO FILM TODAY
January 1: NO FILM TODAY
Weekly films will resume January 8.