Thursday, September 4, 2014

Virginia Film Tour Continues: "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

"For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye-opening film.
~ Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press

Last night, "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" screened to a full house at Naro Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia's historic downtown Ghent.

The next stop for this film is October 26 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont in Falmouth, Virginia at the University of Mary Washington.  After that, this film travels to Des Moines.

New screening dates are being added frequently.  View the full screening schedule at this link.

The Naro Cinema is a true gem and plans are in the works to screen 217 Films' forthcoming documentary "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" there next summer.  Read more about that film at this link.

Filmgoers lining up to buy tickets at Naro Cinema.

Director Michael Maglaras and Executive Producer Terri Templeton.

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras introduces the film.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Film Looks at Modern Art That Caused a Stir in 1913


The Virginian-Pilot
© September 1, 2014
NORFOLK
IF YOU GO
What: Screening of documentary “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show”
Where: Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk
When: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors
More info: 757-625-6276, www.narocinema.com    
A vast art exhibition in downtown Manhattan just over a century ago launched modern art in the United States.
It went over like an exploding bottle rocket.
Neither the public nor the art critics were easily swayed to accept the new direction in painting and sculpture that had begun in Europe. President Theodore Roosevelt denounced the artwork as “repellent.”
The artists had shocking styles, but none more so than Marcel Duchamp. Of the thousands who attended that monthlong show in Manhattan, many expressed disgust regarding the French artist’s 1912 painting “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2).”
The story of this most pivotal of art exhibitions is the subject of a documentary to be screened at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Naro Expanded Cinema. “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” was created by Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton, who will introduce the feature-length film at the Naro.

The film recently was shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington.
The film’s creators attempted to re-create the experience of the show, including visuals that provide the layout of the 1,300-plus artworks.
Maglaras told the American Art Museum: “Everything in Gallery I, where most of the Cubist work was hung (it was called by the press the ‘Chamber of Horrors’) caused an immediate controversy.”
Cubistic art looks like real life fractured and somewhat flattened into geometric forms, often cubes.
“From the standpoint of sheer geography, Gallery I was hidden away in the upper left-hand corner of the armory space,” Maglaras said, “and if you had been strolling through the galleries in no particular order, coming upon the contents of that gallery would have taken you completely by surprise.”
His painting resembles a time-lapse photograph of a barely recognizable, robotic-looking figure walking down stairs. It evokes a type of photo that was more a study of movement than a purposely aesthetic image.
Duchamp’s painting was bought for $300 by a San Francisco dealer. Today, it’s a great modern treasure in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Teresa Annas, 757-446-2485, teresa.annas@pilotonline.com     

Image credit:  “Man on a Balcony (Portrait of Dr. Théo Morinaud)” is a 1912 Cubist painting by Albert Gleizes from the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Courtesy photo | 217 Films)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Screening Date Added: Des Moines Art Center

217 Films just added a new winter screening date for "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show." This film will screen March 26, 2015 at the Des Moines Art Center.  Director Michael Maglaras will be in attendance to introduce the film.  

The next chance to see this film is September 3 at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia and October 26 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio in Falmouth, Virginia.  Michael Maglaras will introduce the screening at the Naro and Executive Producer Terri Templeton will introduce the film in Falmouth.

For a full list of screening dates, times and locations, follow this link.  

This film has been showing to standing room only audiences since it premiered in September 2013.

A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

To purchase the DVD, follow this link.  



Friday, August 8, 2014

Naro Cinema Presents 1913 Armory Show Film

Naro Cinema's New Non-Fiction Film Series concludes with “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show”

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their latest film “The Great Confusion: The 1913 ArmoryShow” at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:15 PM.

The filmmakers will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A following the screening. 

The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features works by more than 60 American and European painters and sculptors.  The film probes deeply into the history of how the 1913 Armoyr Show was organized; examines the critical efforts of American artists such as Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn; and explores the impact that the show had on collectors of art as well as ordinary citizens.

A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

Excerpts from “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” can be viewed at this link.    

WHAT:  Screening of 217 Films’ “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show.” The filmmakers will be in attendance and introduce the screening.   

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM
           
WHERE:  Naro Expanded Cinema
1507 Colley Ave.
Norfolk, Virginia
TEL:  757-625-6276

COST:  $9 Adults | $7 Seniors

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National Gallery of Art Features "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"



















On Saturday, August 2 at 2:30pm the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will screen 217 Films' "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show."

Filmmaker Terri Templeton and leading Armory Show scholar Laurette McCarthy will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.  McCarthy is featured prominently in the film.

"The Great Confusion" will be shown in the West Building Lecture Hall.  More information at this link.

This is the fourth time 217 Films' work has been shown at the National Gallery.  Read more about 217 Films at this link.

View the full screening schedule at this link.

Executive producer, Terri Templeton, on location.

Director Michael Maglaras interviews Armory Show scholar Laurette McCarthy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Armory Show Film Screened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


On Wednesday, July 16th, filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton screened their film "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.   Hundreds of art enthusiasts turned out to see the film in this truly superb venue.  

Read more about the film at this link.  

The next chance to see "The Great Confusion" in DC is Saturday, August 2 at 2:30 at the National Gallery of Art

For the full screening schedule, visit this link.  

Can't make it to a screening?  Purchase the film on Amazon.  













































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