Tuesday, December 31, 2013

1913 Armory Show Film Screens in New Hampshire and New York

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton will screen their new documentary “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” twice in January 2014.  Once in Michael's home state of New Hampshire and once in Terri's home state of New York.  They will introduce the film and answer questions following each screening.  This film is also available on DVD through Amazon at this link.  

The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features works by more than 60 American and European painters and probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized; examines the critical organizational 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.  

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New Hampshire
Friday, January 10 -- 6:30pm
New Hampshire premiere of 217 Films’ “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show”  
(Filmmaker Michael Maglaras is from Dover, New Hampshire)
WHERE:   Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
Dartmouth College
4 E Wheelock St., Hanover, New Hampshire
TEL:  603-646-2808

COST:  Free and open to the public

New York
Sunday, January 12 -- 2:00pm
Rochester premiere of 217 Films’ “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” 
(Filmmaker Terri Templeton is from Glens Falls, New York)

WHERE:  Memorial Art Gallery
University of Rochester
500 University Ave.
Rochester, New York
TEL:  585-276-896

COST:  Free with gallery admission

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Maine Public Broadcasting features new Armory Show Film

Pictured:  Joe Wiegand (President Roosevelt), Tom Porter (Reporter, Maine Public Broadcasting Network),
and Michael Maglaras (Filmmaker)
The Art Exhibit That Shocked America: 'Armory 
Show' Film Debuts in Maine
12/11/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter
A century ago, a modern art exhibition in New York City 
changed the face of art in America and shocked 
the public with its "Nude Descending a Staircase" and 
other avant-garde works from European masters and 
young American artists.  The International Exhibition 
of Modern Art in New York City - known as the Armory 
Show because it was held in a National Guard 
armory - is the subject for New England filmmaker 
Michael Maglaras's lastest film called "The Great 
Confusion," which makes its Maine premiere at a 
screening tonight in Portland.  Tom Porter has more.  
Link to full story.  
Radio and full versions of the interview available at link.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Portland Press Herald: New England Filmmakers Explore How Modern Art Shook Things Up

A new film chronicles how a first-in-the-nation exhibition, 1913’s Armory Show, caused an uproar in America.
December 5, 2013
By Bob Keyes, Staff Writer

New England filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton have made a habit of making movies about art-world greats. They’ve made two films about Marsden Hartley, another about John Marin. They’re out with a new film about the landmark art exhibition of a century ago, the so-called Armory Show in New York City.
The exhibition marked the first time a large collection of modern art from Europe was shown in the United States. It created an uproar, heightened by an essay by former President Theodore Roosevelt, who derided the show as “repellent.”
The show was open for a month in New York, from Feb. 17 to March 15 at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory. It was seen by tens of thousands of people, and provided mass exposure to European artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and Marcel Duchamp, whose “Nude Descending a Staircase” was the exhibition’s lightning-rod painting.
It also exhibited works by the Americans Hartley and Marin and many others. The exhibition helped lead America into the modern era, Maglaras said.
“What I really like about this story is the whole concept of how long have we been asking the question, ‘What do you think about modern art?’ We’ve only been asking it 100 years, and it really started in February 1913 with people seeing stuff for the first time, like Picasso and Marcel Duchamp and the Cubists,” Maglaras said. “That question is really only 100 years old, but we have a tendency to think that it’s a much older question.”
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