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Eva Hesse Documentary: Cocktail Party and Screening


Franklin Street Works and The Avon Theatre
The Avon Theatre and Franklin Street Works present
a Documentary Night screening of Eva Hesse Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30pm with a pre-film reception from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
at Franklin Street Works. The two events are a 5 minute walk from each other in downtown Stamford.

Post-film Q&A with Helen Cooper, Curator Emeritus, Yale University Art Gallery who curated Eva Hesse: A Retrospective in 1992, which was singled out for praise by the New York Times as one of the ten best exhibitions of the year; and Terri C. Smith, Creative Director, Franklin Street Works.

The cocktail party at Franklin Street Works (41 Franklin St., Stamford, CT) is free and open to the public. Purchase tickets for the screening online at www.avontheatre.org Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Members: $7,
Students & Seniors: $9, Nonmembers: $12.

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: “full of life, of eros, even of comedy…Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to create work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.
Not Rated | In English | 108 minutes

Helen A. Cooper is the Holcombe T. Green Curator Emeritus of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery. She recently retired after more than three decades at the Gallery, during which time she helped form what is now considered the pre-eminent museum collection of American art in the country. Her expertise ranges from colonial portraiture to modern American painting. Among the landmark exhibitions she organized was Eva Hesse: A Retrospective in 1992. Singled out for praise by the New York Times as one of the ten best exhibitions of the year, the exhibition was the most comprehensive one ever mounted of Hesse's work. It was shown at Yale and at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

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