Community Arts Film Series: Elizabeth Murray’s zany, colorful, fractured canvases feature paenes to domesticity as they burst with the vivaciousness the artist herself exhibited even in the final days of her life. Murray’s journals are read by Meryl Streep, and the film highlights her struggle to balance personal and family ambition with artistic drive in a male-dominated art world. With a short film about Maira Kalman as she curates an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt. 78 min.
Community Arts Film Series: The amazing story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. They were guided by two rules: the work had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. They supported and befriended world renowned artists; Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close and many others. 89 min.
Community Arts Film Series: Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and the decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed and oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim. The film details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world - from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull - offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery. 75 min.
Community Arts Film Series: From somewhere in Buenos Aires, Nicolás Rubio remembers the town where he grew up, poetically described in the film’s title. But memories seem to slip away. Filmmaker Fernando Dominguez draws on a series of different devices to capture the search for lost time, portraying the work of a painter and his will to create a whole world out of the loneliness of one room. 75 min.
Community Arts Film Series: A documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. NR, 103 min.
Community Arts Film Series. Two vital films about outsider artists: DREAMING AGAINST THE WORLD captures the life, work and struggle of one of the most original yet under-recognized artists of the 20th century - the writer and painter Mu Xin - and in doing so offers a vivid account of art and its survival against all odds. THE 100 YEARS SHOW captures the artistic life of 100-year-old Carmen Herrera, still vibrating with energy, whose canvases are only straight lines in two colors. 65 min.
Community Arts Film Series: The life and work of Robert Frank - as a photographer and filmmaker - are so intertwined that they’re one in the same. DON’T BLINK is a fast and fleeting impressionistic imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. 82 min.