Sunday Cinema: Piece by Piece
This documentary series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition.
Sunday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.
Waste Land (Director Lucy Walker, 2010, 99 min.)
Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to Brazil where he photographs an eclectic band of catadores or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with these inspiring individuals follows the reimagining of their lives through art.
Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.
Herb & Dorothy (Director Megumi Sasaki, 2008, 87 min.)
Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period.
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (Director James Crump, 2007, 77 min.)
This documentary chronicles the contributions of curator Sam Wagstaff and his relationships with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician/poet Patti Smith.
Sunday Cinema: American Montage
This three-part Sunday Cinema series, curated by artist Adam Cvijanovic, is presented in conjunction with his exhibition American Montage. These films represent major influences on both American film and the artist’s contemporary art practice.
Sunday, June 7, 1:00 p.m.
Buster Keaton Shorts One Week (1920, 25 min.), The Frozen North (1922, 17 min.), The Electric House (1922, 23 min.)
A pioneer in writing, acting, and directing in the silent film era, Buster Keaton’s short films are a major inspiration for Cvijanovic’s paintings. As important as D. W. Griffith as a film pioneer and inventor of cinematic language, Keaton injected his pictures with spaces that reflected the pathos of American life.
Sunday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.
The Searchers (directed by John Ford, 1956, 119 min.)
An unsettling Western that addresses racial hatred in American history, this story, driven by John Wayne’s anti-hero, is set against the ever-changing American landscape. Cvijanovic selects this work for Ford’s directorial ability to align the painful story with the equally relentless harshness of the landscape.
Sunday, August 9, 1:00 p.m.
Chinatown (directed by Roman Polanski, 1974, 130 min.)
Los Angeles, a city already precarious in its desert location where no city should logically exist, is the site for Polanski’s noir crime drama. The city is seen as even more impermanent as wealthy crooks work to divert scarce water resources. Jack Nicholson’s character, J. J. Gittes, takes on an adultery case that becomes a meditation on the city itself.
Spanning classical, jazz, and contemporary music, past performances include regional groups such as Dark Matter, NewEar, Terrestrial Consort, BCR, Mariah Wind Trio, Doug Talley Quartet, Dangerous Kitchen, Hearts of Darkness, the Ragin’ Cajuns, Panapolli Trio, Fontana, the Kansas City Guitar Society, the Kansas City String Quartet, and Aeolian Effect.
Local performance companies such as Reach, a movement collective; aha! dance theatre; the Coterie Theatre; and Ron Megee's Late Nite Theatre have performed dance and theatre acts inspired by the Museum’s exhibition programming and works in the permanent collection.