Film on Art Series

Film on Art Series 2019

Tuesdays from Noon to 1:00 pm

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.  

Current Film Schedule 2019

May 14The Shock of the New—The Threshold of Liberty.  Surrealism.

May 21The Shock of the New—The View From the EdgeFigurative Expressionism and the effects of Fascism

May 28The Shock of the New—Culture As Nature.  Symbols of modern culture in mid-20th century and Pop Art

June 4The Shock of the New—The Future That Was.  “We sit at the end of a cycle.”  Modernism is now the establishment, as are its consequences.

June 11Portrait or Bust.  Alan Bennett, original member of Beyond the Fringe, writer of numerous plays and screenplays, including “The History Boys” and “The Lady in the Van,” takes us to the Leeds (England) Art Center, and recalls his earliest art experiences.  Be prepared for some laughs.

June 18:  A Question of Attribution (Drama).  The film is based on Anthony Blunt’s role in the Cambridge Spy Ring and, as Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, personal art adviser to Queen Elizabeth II. It portrays his interrogation by MI 5 officers, his work researching and conserving art works, his work at the Courtauld Institute, and his acquaintance with the Queen. Bennett described the piece as an “inquiry in which the circumstances are imaginary but the pictures are real.”

June 25How Art Made the World.   Taking us to five continents, from cave paintings to palaces, this documentary attempts to explain why our world looks the way it does.

July 2How Art Made the World continued

July 9How Art Made the World continued

July 16How Art Made the World continued

July 23Great Women Artists: Georgia O’Keeffe

July 30:  Gustav Klimt, a documentary

August 6: The Final Flourish.  Waldemar Januszczak continues his series on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism with an examination of works by George Seurat and Vincent van Gogh.

August 13:  Vincent: The Full Story