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, August – December 2017


August 29:  The Desert of Forbidden Art — Traces the incredible story of defiant visionary Igor Savitsky, an artist and museum curator who cunningly acquired more than 40,000 banned Soviet Union paintings and hid the illegal collection from the KGB in Uzbekistan’s Nukus Museum.  Letters and diary entries are read by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Edward Asner.

September 5: Al Hirschfeld, The Line King. Part 1 of a fascinating look at the life and art of the much applauded master of drawing, best known for his caricatures of celebrities. Did you know that he also painted with oils?

September 12: Al Hirschfeld, Part 2 + a 30 minute documentary on J.J Audubon

September 19: Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict. Documentary on the remarkable and often-scandalous life of one of the 20th century’s greatest collectors. She helped establish the reputation of Pollock, among many others.

September 26: Conclusion of Guggenheim + 30 minutes on Willem de Kooning

October 3: Joan Mitchell – a documentary on one of the most successful artists of the so-called second generation of Abstract Expressionists.

October 10: Chuck Close, Part 1

October 17: Chuck Close, Part 2

October 24: Sister Wendy Beckett gives her unique perspetive on “early painting” (cave paintings to the Middle Ages.)

October 31: Sister Wendy – explores the Renaissance 

November 7: Treasures from the Hermitage Museum – the Middle Ages through the 17th century Flemish paintings.

November 14: Sister Wendy – covers the Baroque to the rise of the Romanticism 

November 21: Sister Wendy – the Age of Revolution

November 28: Sister Wendy and Modernism

December 5: Paris Was a Woman – a documentary that examines the artistic community of women drawn to the City of Light between the world wards.