Film

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years.  Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn.  She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.
 
She is also a glamorous art-world icon, a lightning rod for controversy, and a myth of her own making. She is most certainly unlike anyone you have ever met before.
 
Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
 
Lineup for June 1 screening:
The Human Experience
Joule, Zapruderie (Italy)
Stanley Pickle, Victoria Mather (UK)
The Eagleman Stag, Mikey Please (UK)
15 Summers Later, Pedro Collantes (Sweden/Spain)
Donkey, Keir Burrows (UK)
Calm, Jonathan Laurence (USA)
In Abyssus HumanÆ ConscientiÆ, Juan Camilo Gonzalez (Columbia)
Noen ting som skjedde 9. Mars, Oscar Udbye (Norway)
Apnoe, Harold Hund (Austria)
Voice Over, Martin Rosete (France)

Free for Collective Members
$10 for Farnsworth Members
For almost five decades Gerhard Richter has been one of the world’s most significant artists. The media-shy painter granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings over six months in the summer of 2009. Gerhard Richter Painting gives us rare insights into the making of these paintings and the work of the artist.
 
Next Rockland Shorts screening:
Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
 
Free for Collective Members
$10 for Farnsworth Members
$12 for nonmembers
 
Price includes screening and after-party at the Wyeth Center!
 
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.
 

This documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport is about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country. This film was an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

In collaboration with the Camden International Film Festival, the Farnsworth Art Museum co-presents the documentary film Unfinished Spaces. The film tells the story of three young, visionary architects who were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools in 1961. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution gave way to reality, construction was abruptly halted. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. Director of Education, Roger Dell, will lead a post-film conversation with directors Alysa Nahmias and Ben Murray.
 
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress follows three-star chef Ferran Adrià, widely considered the best, most innovative, and craziest chef in the world. “Creativity means not copying” and Adrià has made this motto of his everyday pursuits. Viewers will closely observe this quest from initial experimentation to the premiere of the finished dish. Many an ingredient is examined in a totally new way, ideas emerge, are discussed, and finally all the results, whether good or bad, are thoroughly documented on a laptop beside the cooking spoon. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is a tasty peek at some of the world’s most innovative and exciting cooking; as Adrià himself puts it, “the more bewilderment, the better!”