Film Series: Artist Biopics

In this MMofA film series, join us for a movie night meant to get your creative juices pumping. On Thursday afternoons through the summer we will be screening Artist biopics and documentaries featuring some of the greats. Admission is pay what you can. Show starts at 3 p.m. Free popcorn. Beer and wine by donation.

6/15 – Frida

Imaginative biopic of Frida Kahlo, the infamous artist and feminist icon who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work, features Best Actress nominee Salma Hayek as the Mexican surrealist. Directed by Julie Taymor.

6/22 – Basquiat

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is “discovered” by Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life.

6/29 – Surviving Picasso

Starring  Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone,and Julianne Moore;  this passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life.

7/13 – Exit Through the Gift Shop

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.

7/20 – Klimt

Starring John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, and Stephen Dillane, Klimt is a portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

7/27 – Cutie and the Boxer

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

8/3 – Vincent and Theo

The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is told through the lens of his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. Starring Tim Roth and directed by Robert Altman, tour the internal and external landscapes of the troubled artist.