Film series at Everson

staff reports 10/27/09
The Everson Museum of Art Contemporary Film Series Offers Films that Explore Impressionism, Complement Turner to Cézanne Exhibition
Syracuse, N.Y. – The Everson Museum of Art Contemporary Film Series presents four films to complement the exhibition Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales, on display at the Everson through Jan. 3. The films are open to the public and free with same-day admission to the Turner to Cézanne exhibition.

Turner to Cézanne includes 53 masterpieces by artists including Cézanne, Renoir, Monet, van Gogh, Turner, Pissarro and more. The exhibition is on its first tour in the United States and is traveling to only five cities in the country. The Everson is the only museum in the Northeast to host it.

Tickets to the exhibition can be purchased at www.everson.org or at the Everson box office, and are priced as follows: $10, Everson members; $15, adults; $12, children under 18, college students (with ID), Armed Forces (with ID) and seniors (65+); and $50, family rate (includes two adults and four dependents). Children five and under are free.

The following films will be shown in the museum’s Hosmer Auditorium. The Everson is located at 401 Harrison St. in Syracuse:

Turner to Cézanne
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 (60 minutes)

Welsh sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies amassed an amazing collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings at a time when modern French art was largely ignored in Britain. The collection, which was bequeathed to the National Museum Wales, features such artists as Turner, Monet and van Gogh. The works chronicle the evolution of modern art, from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century, and 53 pieces were assembled as a traveling exhibition, visiting five museums in the United States. This film examines the lives of the sisters and explores select masterpieces from the exhibition.

Impressionism in Art and Music
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 (36 minutes)

Moving away from the rigidity of the neoclassical period, European art entered a new era that embraced freedom and spontaneity. This program provides a detailed look at Impressionist developments in painting and music during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking into account the advent of photography and the influence of Asian pictorial conventions, the film acquaints viewers with major Impressionist goals: capturing a specific moment, de-emphasizing composition, and employing light and color to their fullest effects. Timbre, fragmentation, and intricate arpeggios are among the musical concepts studied. Works by Monet, Degas, Pissarro, and Post-Impressionist artists are compared with the accomplishments of Satie, Debussy, Ravel, Respighi, and others.

The Impressionist Surface: Perceptions in Paint
Sunday, Nov. 15 (25 minutes)

When painting began to concern itself more with the perception of reality than verisimilitude, Impressionism was born. This program focuses on some of the innovative techniques—such as flatness, color patches, and simultaneous contrast—that Impressionist painters used to create their dramatic, often psychological, effects. These methods are highlighted in Monet's Bathing at La Grenouillere, Pissarro's Festival at l'Hermitage and The Avenue in Sydenham, and Cézanne’s The Grounds of the Chateau Noir. This film is produced by the Open University.

J.M.W. Turner: The Sun Is God
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 (63 minutes)

This superb dramatization of the life and artistic development of the great painter shows a wide array of his works in the context of the time and place at which they were created. Using the writings of John Russell to provide commentary and artistic analysis, the program provides a delicate portrait of the painter whose experiments with light influenced a whole generation of Impressionists, who spent his life trying to capture in paint the power and brilliance of the sun, whose dying words were: "The sun is God."

The Contemporary Film Series of the Everson Museum of Art screens contemporary, independent film and video, both feature lengths and experimental shorts that cover a broad range of cinematic styles and themes.

The Series brings film as an art form to the Syracuse community, and presents local, national and international film and video that would not otherwise be screened in Syracuse. The Contemporary Film Series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency. Media sponsorship for the Contemporary Film Series is provided by syracuse.com.

Turner to Cézanne is organized by the American Federation of Arts and National Museum Wales and supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

For more information, visit www.everson.org or call 474-6064. The Everson is also on Facebook, facebook.com/EversonMuseumOfArt, and YouTube, youtube.com/EversonMuseumOfArt.

The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei. In addition to exhibitions, the Everson presents a monthly Contemporary Film Series, regular Artists Open events, and a wide variety of art education programs.

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