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Art on Screen

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri March 8, 2013 - Sat December 14, 2013


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


In this ongoing series, Block Cinema presents new films about the art world. Screening in March is filmmaker Ben Shapiro’s eye-opening new documentary, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, an insightful look at the photographer’s fascinating and unique process. In a free matinee screening this October, Block presents a new film about the enigmatic and amazingly talented amateur photographer, Vivian Maier.  Pamela Bannos, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University (and scholar of Maier) will introduce the film.


Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Friday, March 8, 2013 7:00 PM
(Ben Shapiro, 2012, USA, video, 79 min.)

Filmmaker Ben Shapiro had unprecedented access to famed contemporary photographer Gregory Crewdson over the course of a decade—during the time Crewdson was shooting his stunning photographic series “Beneath the Roses.” Crewdson’s photo shoots are elaborate affairs, more like film productions—involving careful lighting design, set construction, casting, and detailed editing, color correction, and digital compositing. The results are spectacular—hinting at the work of David Lynch, Diane Arbus, and Edward Hopper, all of whom he cites as influences. Brief Encounters is a rich and insightful looked at Crewdson’s unique artistic process.


Vivian Maier

Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 PM FREE
(Jill Nicholls, 2013, UK, video, 70 min.)

Join us for the first Chicago-area screening of a new documentary about the late photographer Vivian Maier. Made for the BBC, the film focuses on the mysterious and highly private amateur photographer who worked for years as a nanny while taking nearly 150,000 photographs—mostly documenting Chicagoans, and shot over a period of fifty years. Her talent may have remained in obscurity were it not for the discovery of thousands of negatives in an abandoned storage facility a few years ago. The unexpected finding was groundbreaking, and brought to light an artist who many have compared to Diane Arbus and Robert Frank.  The documentary also features Pamela Bannos, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University (and a scholar of Maier) who will introduce the film.

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