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 2Conclusion of film on Norman Rockwell followed by Edward R. Murrow interview with the artist

October 9Alice 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 Scenespainting and drawing with David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud

October 23completion of Behind the Scenes

October 30Hieronymous Bosch, a study of the intriguing 16th-century Dutch painter

November 6Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, a study of the 16th-century Flemish painter, master of symbol-filled genre paintings.

November 13Peter Paul Rubens, a study of the Flemish artist and diplomat whose work embodies the ideals of the High Renaissance in the North.

November 20Discovery of Art: Maxfield Parrish: a documentary on one of America’s best-known 20th century painters and illustrators.

November 27Conversations with Robert Indiana, a documentary about this important artist who is generally considered part of the Pop movement.

December 4American 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 11American 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 18American 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.