Art Works: Films About Art and Artists - Spring 2015

Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum and The Centenary Film Society at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA.

Note: Friends of the Meadows Musuem; Artists Who Contributed to the Friends' Cirque de Shreve; and Members of the Centenary College of Louisiana Community are admitted free – Tickets courtesy of the Centenary Film Society.

Friday, February 20, 6:45 pm: Mr. Turner 
(preceded by a preview dinner at 5:30 pm with guest speakers Lisa Nicolleti, Bruce Allen, and Jefferson Hendricks commenting on J. M. W. Turner's life, times, and artistic achievement. Cost: $22. The film will also be shown for the entire week Friday, Feb to Thursday, Feb 26 at the Robinson Film Center.)

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted, and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. 

Saturday, March 7, 11:30 am: National Gallery 
The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions. The relation between painting and storytelling is explored. 

“National Gallery isn’t just about a museum full of famous pictures. It’s about the nature of art, and art’s acolytes; about the mystery of what may lie beneath a particular painting’s visible surface; about the business of art at a time when money can be scarce and attention spans can be short.” Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 pm: Art and Craft
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

“The film will appeal to art lovers, but viewers who can hardly tell their Cezannes from Chagalls will find the story fascinating as well.” John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter