March is celebrated around the world as Women’s History Month. To honor the achievements of four extraordinary women in the fields of art and architecture, the Bruce Museum is hosting a month-long film series.
With showings at 10:30 am on Wednesday mornings in the Bantle Lecture Gallery, the Bruce Museum’s Celebrating Women Artists Film Series begins on March 4 with The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. The March 11 program is Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss, followed by two documentaries on March 18 about architect Zaha Hadid, Zaha: An Architectural History and Phaeno, Building as Landscape. The series concludes on March 25 with Kusama Infinity: The Life and Times of Yayoi Kusama, a film about the world’s top-selling woman artist.
“When selecting the artists to include in this series, I wanted to make sure that a wide variety of cultures and creative mediums were represented while also having the opportunity to highlight women like Anna Campbell Bliss, who work at the intersections of art and science,” says H.S. Miller, the Museum’s Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow 2019-20 and organizer of the film series.
The film presentations are free to Museum members and visitors with paid admission. A brief discussion will follow each film. Reservations are required; please visit the Calendar section at brucemuseum.org to reserve your seat for a specific day, or call 203-869-0376. Please read on for more information about the films in the series.
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (2005) explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics. Through the prism of Kahlo’s life and art, the film delves into the ancient culture of Mexico; the Mexican Revolution; the wildfire of communism that burned through Latin America in the 1920s and ’30s; the innovators in painting, photography, filmmaking, writing, and poetry that congregated in Mexico City; and the revival of interest in popular culture for which Kahlo has become a symbol.
Award-winning filmmaker Amy Stechler of Daylight Films was granted unprecedented access to photographs, paintings, newsreels, and home movies, many of which have never been published or broadcast. Stechler’s research includes more than 20 interviews with principals in Kahlo’s life, including Mexican authors Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais and Kahlo’s principal biographer, Hayden Herrera. Rita Moreno – the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress – narrates the film. (Run time 90 min.)
For complete listings of these and other programs and events taking place at the Bruce Museum, as well as descriptions of current and upcoming exhibitions, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.