What You See Is What You See: Documentary Films of American Abstract Artists

Tuesday, January 6 – Sunday, March 15, 2015

As part of the Museum’s commitment to new media and education through film, we have curated a series of art house documentaries that intimately explore the lives and careers of several artists represented in the exhibition What You See Is What You See: American Abstraction After 1950. These films, which range in length and documentary style, were created by independent filmmakers and serve as serious artistic and, at times, experimental works. Documentary films, strictly speaking, are non-fictional, factual works of art, sometimes
known as cinema verite.

The ten films presented in the New Media Gallery over a ten-week period serve as both educational tools to enhance our understanding of American Abstraction, as well as artistic representations of the subject matter as presented by the filmmakers. In particular, the directors have taken creative license to present true stories in a manner in which he or she seems fitting; often blurring the line between documentary and narrative with elements that are expressive, poetic, rhetorical, historical and subjective.

The films listed below will be screened Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

JANUARY 6–11
Josef Albers: To Open Eyes
(1962) by The Josef and Anni Albers
Foundation, 32 minutes

JANUARY 13–18
Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel
(2010) by Catherine Tatge, 55 minutes

JANUARY 20–25
Jules Olitski: Modern Master
by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie,
22 minutes
* Bradley Porter, Associate Director of the Jules Olitski Family Foundation and son-in-law of the late Jules Olitski, will be at the Museum for a Q+A session after the 3:00 p.m. screening on Tuesday, January 20.

JANUARY 27–FEBRUARY 1
Joseph Fiore: The Nature of the Artist
(2013) by Kane-Lewis Productions,
30 minutes

FEBRUARY 2–8
Frankenthaler: Toward a New Climate
(1978) by Perry Miller Adato, 28 minutes

FEBRUARY 10–15
George Bireline
(2002) by Neal Hutcheson, 28 minutes

FEBRUARY 17–22
Julian Stanczak and Op Art: The Perceptive Eye
(2001) by Barbara Stanczak, 60 minutes

FEBRUARY 24–MARCH 1
Painters Painting
(1973) by Emile de Antonio, 116 minutes

MARCH 3–8
Sam Gilliam Interview
(2004) by Netropolitan, 44 minutes

MARCH 10–15
American Art of the 1960s
(1972) by Michael Blackwood, 57 minutes

View selected works in the exhibition »