Hanson Film Institute partners with UA Museum of Art to bring world-renowned art film series to Tucson
Two University of Arizona cultural institutions are joining forces to present a series of films that will provide viewers with intimate behind-the-scenes access to some of the most acclaimed art exhibitions in the world. In a first-time partnership, the Hanson Film Institute will join with the University of Arizona Museum of Art to bring to Tucson Exhibition on Screen, a series of films that provide a cinematic immersion into the world’s best-loved art. A different film from the series will screen at the Center for Creative Photography once monthly starting on Saturday, December 9. The screenings will be free and open to the public.
Three films from the series will screen in Tucson, including Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood (December 9), The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism (January 13), and Rembrandt: From the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (February 10).
In addition to providing unrestricted access to the 2015/16 landmark exhibition Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery in London, the film Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood brings the life of Francisco Goya to the screen for the first time. Audiences will enjoy a front row seat to the exhibition, and additional behind-the-scenes footage will uncover the processes of conservation and curation integral to staging the once-in-a-lifetime show. The film will be introduced by Dr. Malcolm Compitello, head of the University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
The Artist’s Garden follows the sell-out exhibition The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, on its journey from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the home of the movement – Florence Griswold’s colony at Old Lyme in Connecticut. The film offers a unique opportunity to get up-close to the greatest examples of American Impressionism, and to understand the unique cultural moment in which they were produced.
Rembrandt: From the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam interweaves Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations for the renowned exhibition Rembrandt: The Late Works. The exhibition, described by The Guardian as a “brilliant, brave blockbuster,” contained a staggering 91 paintings from Rembrandt’s last years – the period that indelibly defines our image of the artist.
Each screening will be preceded by an exclusive print viewing, organized by Museum Curator Olivia Miller. The print viewings will be open to members of the Museum and the Hanson Film Institute Producers Club, and are designed to give attendees a deeper look into the work of each highlighted artist.
Hanson Film Institute Director Vicky Westover said “We are delighted to partner with the UA Museum of Art to present this truly unique viewing experience for art lovers and for anyone wanting to learn more about the work and lives of art luminaries – and what it takes to mount a blockbuster art exhibition.”
UAMA Interim Director Meg Hagyard added “We’re always excited to collaborate with other campus institutions, and this partnership is a fantastic way to bring together visual art and film. This series does a wonderful job of bringing viewers behind the scenes of the work that goes into putting together an exhibition. We’re thrilled to work with the Hanson Film Institute to bring this to Tucson.”
All screenings are general seating. Doors will open at 1:30pm and the films will commence at 2:00pm.