From April 14-15, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will honor Neil Jordan, the acclaimed Irish filmmaker best known for The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire, with the Wild West North Film Screening Series. Presented in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies department, the two-day retrospective includes three of the director’s films and conversations with renowned Irish novelist and visiting Pitt faculty member Patrick McCabe, who collaborated with Jordan on adapting two of his books – The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto – for the screen.
See below for film schedule and details:
Michael Collins (1996)
Liam Neeson plays the title role in Jordan’s award-winning biopic about Michael Collins, the statesman who negotiated Ireland’s break with England and went on to become a political martyr. The film also stars Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts.
The Butcher Boy (1998)
Jordan weaves an inventive tale of a boy who uses humor, hooliganism, and horror to cope with the world around him.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Abandoned at birth by a “Phantom Lady” mother and fathered in secret by the local parish priest, Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy) grows up to lead a picaresque life as a transvestite, magician’s apprentice, sometime prostitute, suspected IRA terrorist, seeker of truth and illusion, loyal friend, and tirelessly witty observer of life.
All screenings take place in the CMOA Theater. Tickets cost $45 for all three screenings (members: $36, students: $24), $18 for individual films (members: $15, students: $10). Every ticket includes a book signed by McCabe.
Established in 2006, The Propeller Group, an artist collective based in Ho Chi Minh and Los Angeles, creates multimedia work that combines filmmaking, advertising, politics, and history. On October 22nd, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will present a screening and talk to open its fall Forum Gallery exhibition, which features The Propeller Group’s work The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music.
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam. Part documentary and part visionary reenactment, the 21-minute video follows brass band musicians, spiritual mediums, professional criers, and street performers through the mournful and euphoric public ceremonies of a multi-day wake: a set of colorful rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.”
The Propeller Group reception and artist talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a post-screening discussion with Propeller Group founders Phunam Thuc Ha, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, as well as special guest Dr. Matt Sakakeeny, Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University. A cocktail reception in the Scaife foyer will follow. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to RSVP at the CMOA website. The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music exhibition will run from October 23rd through March 21st in the museum’s Forum Gallery.
Artist Edward Hopper captured the loneliness of modern American life with his evocative realist oil paintings, including his best known work Nighthawks. On October 10th, the Carnegie Museum of Art will honor his life and career by pairing craft beer and film.
The museum will present Hops & Hopper, an event featuring samples from several breweries and a screening of Hopper Stories. Commissioned by Arte France, the anthology contains eight short films, each one inspired by a Hopper painting. The selections include Next to Last by Mathieu Amalric with Frederick Wiseman as Hopper, The Muse by Sophie Barthes with Michael Stuhlbarg, Hope by Dominique Blanc with Clemence Poesy, First Row Orchestra by Sophie Fiennes, Conference at Night by French director Valerie Mrejen, Rupture by animator Valerie Pirson, Berlin Night Window by German director Hannes Stohr, and Mountain by Danish director Martin de Turah.
Hops & Hopper will take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Café and CMOA Theater. Guests can opt to watch the film only, or also talk with visiting brewmasters while enjoying delicious beer in a souvenir pub glass featuring a Hopper image from the CMOA collection. Tickets range in price from $10 to $40 and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.
Women and the Silent Screen is an international biennial conference of film scholars, historians, and archivists dedicated to documenting the central and determining roles that women played in the formation of the most significant institution of visual culture in the twentieth century. Now in its eighth year, the conference – the first to be held in North America in over a decade – will take place at the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art from September 17th through September 19th to address issues of women and labor.
Program 1: Local, Itinerant, and Nontheatrical
– The Movie Queen (Lincoln, Maine) (1935/33 minutes/16mm) Print courtesy of Northeast Historic Film
– Laconia Trip (1923/11 minutes/16mm) Source: Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina
– Rediscovering the films of Aloha Wanderwell Baker: The World’s Most Widely Travelled Girl (Digital) Courtesy of Academy Film Archive
– The Little Swiss Wood-Carver (1928/18 minutes/16mm) Madeline Brandeis Productions, Madeline Brandeis, Print courtesy of Orgone Archive
– Unidentified home movie (1939/3 minutes/Color 16mm) Source: Orgone Archive
Program 2: Women’s Hands
– World premiere of the 2015 restoration of Telephone Girl (1912/9 minutes/Digital) Vitagraph Company, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– US premiere of the 2014 restoration of Der neuste Stern vom Variété (The Latest Variety Sensation) (Germany/1917/32 minutes/Digital) Treumann-Larsen-Film GmbH, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Herstellung von Granatzündern (Grenade Manufacture) (Germany/1918/8 minutes/Digital) Deutsche Lichtbild-Gesellschaft, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– US premiere of the 2014 restoration of Una Notta a Calcutta (A Night in Calcutta) (Italy/1918/9 minutes/Digital) Società Italiana Cines, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Soir de Noël dans un salon de mode (Christmas Eve at the Millinery Shop) (France/1911/11 minutes/Digital) Gaumont, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Fabricatie van kanten waaiers (Manufacturing Folding Fans) (France/1911/5 minutes/Digital) Pathé, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
Program 3: Lois Weber
– Shoes (1916/60 minutes/Digital) Universal Bluebird Photoplays, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Fine Feathers (1912/12 minutes/16mm) Rex Motion Picture Company, Source: Shelley Stamp
All screenings will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Limited tickets are available to the public. Tickets cost $12 per program, $8 for CMP members, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.
Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Jacqueline Humphries emerged as a singular force in contemporary art with her signature abstract works in metallic and ultraviolet pigments. On June 11th, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) unveiled her first solo museum exhibition in nearly a decade, and the first to include both her silver and black-light paintings. On July 9th, the annual 2-Minute Film Festival (2MFF) will pay tribute to the show with The Silver Screen, which features works that draw inspiration from Humphries’ paintings.
For this installment, filmmakers were asked to examine the aesthetics of a classical cinema genre–from noir, epics, and Westerns to screwball comedies, musicals, and science fiction—or take up its narrative tropes, characters, and themes. The 28 entries come from around the country and the globe, including some from as far as Turkey, Argentina, and Iran. Those interested can view the films and vote for their favorite one online at the CMOA website.
The 2015 2-Minute Film Festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. in CMOA’s outdoor Sculpture Court. The event will begin with food and beverages, followed by the screenings at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for museum members, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website. The Jacqueline Humphries exhibit will continue through October 5th.
The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) recently unveiled their retrospective on Duane Michals, a Pittsburgh native who went on to become an innovative, world-renowned photographer. To complement the exhibition, the museum will welcome the artist on Jan. 22nd for a screening of Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself, a documentary that reflects on the many people and places that have impacted his life and work.
Duane Michals is a young man over 80 years old and one of the American masters of photography. A brilliant portraitist, he has taken shots of everyone from filmmakers Pier Paolo Pasolini and Roman Polanski to artists such as Rene Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico. He is also a natural-born storyteller, and incorporates hand-written texts to his images to add another dimension of meaning. His work has been exhibited around the world, and resides in the permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others. Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself follows the artist around his favorite locations – Pittsburgh, New York, Vermont – and explores his use of universal themes such as love, desire, death and immortality.
The Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself screening event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater, followed by a Q&A with Duane Michals and Veronique Bernard, President and Executive Producer of Iliad Entertainment. Cash bar provided. Tickets are $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website. The exhibition Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals will continue through Feb. 16th in the Heinz Galleries.
The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) recently launched The Invisible Photograph, a five-part documentary series investigating the “expansive realm of photographic production, distribution, and consumption by way of the hidden side of photography, whether guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.” On September 19th, the museum will continue the series with the world premiere of Discarded: Joachim Schmid and the Anti-Museum.
The film delves into the work of Joachim Schmid, a German artist who has spent the past 30 years roaming flea markets and city streets to retrieve photographs that have been discarded by their creators and users. He has pieced together an anti-museum of over 1,000 images that would otherwise never have been seen, and created a new context for their visual consumption. Fascinated by photographs as physical objects, Schmid traces the layers of meaning that have built up over time as they have been handled, scuffed, marked, and written upon. Paired with his newest work, dedicated to sifting through the visual detritus of the digital world, the video examines what happens when images consigned to the physical and virtual trash heap are given new life.
Discarded begins at 6:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. A discussion with Schmid and Arthur Ou, creative director of The Invisible Photograph documentary series and an Agent of the Hillman Photography Initiative, will follow. Event includes a post-screening party complete with cash bar and German beers courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company. Tickets are $10, $15 at the door, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website. Ticket price includes one drink ticket.
For the fourth annual 2-Minute Film Festival, CMOA asked area filmmakers to explore the concept of outer space in honor of the documentary premiere of Extraterrestrial: The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Presented as part of The Invisible Photograph series, Extraterrestrial “delves into an initiative to digitally recover the first photographs of the moon taken by a set of unmanned space probes in the 1960s” – on July 10th, the film will screen as part of a special event under the stars.
The evening will begin with a look into the Lunar Orbiter Recovery Image Project, followed by the Extraterrestrial screenings with Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project co-lead, Keith Cowing, and Hillman Photography Initiative Program Manager, Divya Rao Heffley. The event will conclude with the 2-Minute Film Festival, which will feature 26 short works representing a variety of genres, including narrative, animation, experimental, and documentary.
The 2-Minute Film Festival and the Extraterrestrial premiere will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the CMOA Sculpture Court. The festivities will include picnic food and an open bar. Guests are also encouraged to vote for their favorite films online. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.
Since the mid-1960s, Kamran Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address issues of everyday life in Iran and influenced generations of Iranian New Wave filmmakers. Originally hired as a filmmaker for the government sponsored Ministry of Culture and Art, Shirdel has withstood periods of banning, confiscation, and censorship of his films, ironically in some instances by the same parties that commissioned them. This month, he makes his first US appearance for a special two-night event at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and the Melwood Screening Room.
Presented as part of the 2013 Carnegie International exhibit, each night will include different screenings, as well as brief introductory comments by Shirdel and a discussion with Carnegie International co-curator Tina Kukielski. On Feb. 20th, CMOA’s Culture Club will feature Nedamatgah (Women’s Prison) (1965), The Silver Canvas (1965), and An shab ke barun amad (The Night It Rained) (1967–74). On Feb. 21st, the Melwood Screening Room will screen Qaleh (The Women’s Quarter) (1966–80), Tehran Raitakhte Iran Ast (Tehran is the Capital of Iran) (1966–79), Solitude Opus (2001–2002), and Pearls of the Persian Gulf (1975).
The Culture Club screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an artist happy hour in the Carnegie Café. Films and discussion will take place in the CMA Theater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and include one drink ticket. Guests can also purchase tickets for both nights (Culture Club and Melwood Screening Room) for $15. The Melwood Screening Room event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Shirdel’s films are also shown daily at the Carnegie International exhibit.
Online tools like gifs and Vine are shrinking films into bite-sized bits, and people seem to like it that way. In keeping with the mini-film trend, Carnegie Museum of Art will host the third installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival, an event that searches out the best and briefest videos that the world has to offer. On July 18th, 2MFF – which is presented as part of the Culture Club Series – will present these movie appetizers at a special premiere.
Filmmakers were given a theme – “At Play” – and based on that they delivered 32 videos representing a wide array of genres and styles. For the first time in the festival’s history, the films were put to a public vote to determine which entry would receive the 2MFF People’s Choice award and a selection of prizes. Online voting will continue right up until the festival screening, and those interested can cast their ballot at the festival website.
The 2MFF will take place in the Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Court, beginning with a reception at 7:30 p.m. (free food, drinks and activites will be provided). Screenings will follow at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes one drink ticket.