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Film Screening: Eva Hesse, a film by Marcie Begleiter
The screening of the Eva Hesse film will be on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm in room 138 in Schroeder Hall. Marcie Begleiter (Director & Producer) and Karen Shapiro (Producer) will be be here and will be available for a Q&A after the screening. On Friday morning, October 28, from 10:00-noon there will be time to meet with Begleiter and Shapiro to discuss the film and Hesse’s work. Both of these events are free and open to the University community and the public.
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, 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 make work that was taken seriously in a field
dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.
-Karen Cooper, Film Forum