Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday's Three on Art

Today, Thursday's Three features news about a trio of artist-related films that will be shown in Washington, D,C, as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Summer Film Program. Seating in the museum's McEvoy Auditorium is first come first served. Tickets are not required.

✦  Julie Taymor's Frida (2002) screens on July 16, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Salma Hayek portrays Kahlo (1907-1954) and Alfred Molina plays her husband Diego Rivera (1886-1957). The 123-minute film also starts Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd, and Geoffrey Rush. 

Here's the trailer:

✦ The 46-minute documentary Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China (Milestone, 1988) screens August 6, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Directed by Philip Haas, the film is narrated by painter David Hockney, who traces Emperor Kangxi's 1689 tour through his southern empire as depicted in a 72-foot 17th Century Chinese scroll by Wang Hui, titled The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour (1691-1698), scroll seven.

Film Poster

✦ The documentary Running Fence screens August 20, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The 75-minute film, directed by Albert and David Maysles, is about Christo and Jeanne-Claude's plan to build a 24.5-mile fence over the hills of Sonoma and Marin counties in California, an artistic project that met with support as well as considerable opposition. Ultimately, the project (1972-1976) was realized. View Running Fence images and other documentation.

Trailer at Fandor

The art project was the subject of the exhibition "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence" at SAAM in 2010. The exhibition was accompanied by the short Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence.

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