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, July – August 2017



July 11:  Every Picture Tells a Story — Part 1.  This is a witty exploration of the secrets behind some of the world’s most famous paintings.

 July 18:  Every Picture Tells a Story — Part 2

 July 25:  Every Picture Tells a Story — Part 3

 August 1:  George Segal’s American Still Life

 August 8:  Sickert vs. Sargent — Walter Sickert was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent, and this film compares the work of the two artists.

 August 15:  Pollock — This is the feature biopic starring and directed by Ed Harris.  Lee Krasner, Clement Greenberg, Peggy Guggenheim—they’re all here.  Now that we are all Pollock experts, it’s worth revisiting the drama-filled life of an especially important painter.

 August 22:  Completion of Pollock

 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.