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Last Thursday of Each Month (added screenings noted)
Free with Museum admission (unless otherwise noted)
The Museum features a selection of films about artists and the process of art, as well as innovative video made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal point of view. Video art and documentaries made by artists and taped interviews with visual artists and critics are also presented.

Apr. 30
1 and 4 p.m. screenings
James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty (60 min.)

By the time of his death, James McNeill Whistler had become one of the most recognizable artists in Europe. His experimental paintings quickly caught the attention and admiration of critics, and molded the future of modern art. Underneath the famous works though, lies the struggle of this rising artist to express his own voice. Through dramatic recreations, interviews, and art, the story jumps to life and discusses the layers of this leading painter.

May 14

World Premiere Film Event with 217 Films: Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA
5:30 p.m. Champagne Reception
6 p.m. Remarks and Screening
$20 Member/$25 non-Member
Reservations encouraged, contact the Front Desk at (860) 229-0257, ext. 210
Connecticut filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return for the world premiere of their latest film release, Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA (94 min.). This event will mark the sixth premiere at the NBMAA for Connecticut filmmakers.

Enough to Live On celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project. The New Deal initiative extended the federal payroll to artists, sculptors, writers, musicians, and actors, providing work as a part of our nation’s great recovery from the effects of the American Depression.

Featuring more than 70 works of art from this period, as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work, this film tells the story of how Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal moved art in America out of the exclusive atmosphere of the elite and brought it directly to the American people as an inspiration and catalyst for change and recovery in the 1930s.

More about the film:
Film Clip

Interview with Michael Maglaras

May 28
1 and 4 p.m. screenings
The Barnes Collection (60 min.)

The Barnes Collection unveils the story behind the greatest collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. The collection and owner Dr. Albert C. Barnes show an unpredictable and argumentative side of art through the Barnes Foundation, which showcases the world’s largest collection of works by Renior and Cézannes. Through the story of the collection’s owner, this film details the new Barnes building in Center City Philadelphia including information about its design and construction.

June 25
1 and 4 p.m. screenings
The Women Artists of Monhegan Island (65 min.)
In a male-dominated industry, sixteen women artists speak boldly about various experiences and challenges on Monhegan Island. This documentary interviews females from different decades, sharing critical insight on art, life, and inspirations.


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