FrameWorks 2019: Art on Film

May 3–10, 2019

A curated series of films about artists and their work, from the emergence of a young Picasso and the phenoms Barbara Rubin and Jean-Michel Basquiat to octogenarians Yayoi Kusama and Joel-Peter and Jerome Witkin. Plus a film by one of today’s most unsettling performance artists, investigations into a famous art heist in Chile, and the “murder” of a Barnett Newman canvas in the Netherlands. It all kicks off with Christo and his Floating Piers, a feat of imagination—and engineering—that allowed over a million visitors to walk on water.

Programmed by Kathryn Bonomi

SERIES TRAILER

Walking on Water May 3 “The artist does battle with technology, bureaucracy, corruption and the elements…in a documentary that delights in capturing the act of…
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat May 4 Boom for Real revisits the gritty, burned-out streets of the East Village in the late ’70s, when recent high school…
Stealing Rodin May 4 On a bright June morning in 2005, guards at Santiago’s Palace of the Fine Arts were doing their rounds when…
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground May 5 Q&A with Ara Osterweil, a film scholar, painter, McGill University professor, and a former member of the JBFC faculty “One day we’ll be running around with such small cameras, our hands will become cameras.” (Barbara Rubin)  Made when she…
Witkin & Witkin May 6 “Captures something carnivalesque…setting the stage for both brothers’ gravitation toward society’s underbelly.” (Artnet) Witkin & Witkin explores the worlds of…
The End of Fear May 7 “Smart and entertaining.” (Reverse Shot) It is known as one of the worst crimes in contemporary art history: the murder—twice—of…
Kusama: Infinity May 8 “By obliterating one’s individual self, one returns to the infinite universe.” (Yayoi Kusama) The top-selling female artist in the world,…
Young Picasso May 9 Q&A Jim Coddington, the former Agnus Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, where he was part of the team that restored Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon FROM EXHIBITION ON SCREEN How did a provincial Spanish boy, rumored to draw before he could speak, become one of…
Narcissister Organ Player May 10 In this hybrid performance/documentary film of her own making, the acclaimed artist Narcissister brings to the screen her mind-blowing spectacles…

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