Film Series

July 01 - August 26, 2010
A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films

Phyllis Wattis Theater

The Fisher Collection features significant groupings of works by artists well loved by Doris and Donald Fisher, often with the aim of representing the arc of those artists' careers. In so doing, the collection creates an intimate characterization of these artists and their evolving bodies of work. One can think of the collection as a sequence of portraits. This film series highlights revealing cinematic portrayals of some of the Fisher Collection artists, often made in experimental, documentary forms. It also examines films produced by the artists themselves, which, though not autobiographical, still serve as self-portraits of their creators.

Past

A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 1
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Dreams That Money Can Buy
Hans Richter, 1946, 96 min., 16mm

It took Richter three years to complete Dreams That Money Can Buy while teaching at the Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York. The result is a blockbuster of…

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A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 2
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The Chelsea Girls
Andy Warhol, 1965, 200 min., 16mm

This art-house classic, Warhol's most commercially successful film, features 16mm films projected split screen with a single audio track. In choreographed scenarios at the Chelsea…

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A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 3
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A Bigger Splash
Jack Hazan, 1974, 105 min., 16mm

In this hybrid of documentary and fictional filmmaking, actors play themselves in situations that may or may not have occurred in real life. Originally banned for its homosexual…

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A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 4
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Gabriel
Agnes Martin, 1976, 72 min., DVD

In this rarely screened film directed by Martin, the artist delves into a theme that has long predominated in her paintings: nature. With no dialogue, the camera follows a young…

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A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 5
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Part 1 of the Louise Bourgeois Trilogy

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World
Mary Lance, 2002, 57 min., DVD

Chère Louise
Brigitte Cornand, 1995, 50 min., video

In French with English subtitles.

Martin was in the final decade of her life when Mary Lance began interviewing her for Agnes Martin. The sole figure in the film, Martin reflects on her philosophy, inspiration,…

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A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 6
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Part 2 of the Louise Bourgeois Trilogy

La Rivière Gentille
Brigitte Cornand, 2007, 100 min., video

Cornand introduces the screening.
In French with English subtitles.

La Rivière Gentille is an unusual narrative biography of Bourgeois. Complementing excerpts from diaries Bourgeois had kept since 1923, Cornand captures understated…

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A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films: Program 7
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Part 3 of the Louise Bourgeois Trilogy

The Whispers of the Whistling Water
Brigitte Cornand, 2004, 92 min., video

In French with English subtitles.

Ninety-one years old when this film was made, Bourgeois recalls her inspirations and family history while providing a tour of her deeply personal artworks. The film follows her on…

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Support for A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films is provided by the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.