98 minutes + Q&A
Films are generally not rated and subject to parental discretion.
Feb 27, 2024 |Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
TAKING VENICE, Director: Amei Wallach USA, 2023
An art heist like no other unfolds in this documentary that plays like a whodunit. The subject is not stolen paintings but a 1964 scheme by U.S. government officials, in league with powerful gallery owner Leo Castelli and curator Alan Solomon, to hijack the Grand Prize of the venerable Venice Biennale, considered the Olympics of the art world, and assure that it is awarded to an American for the first time ever. The favored artist, Robert Rauschenberg, known for “combine” paintings incorporating found objects and junk from the streets, is oblivious to the daring plot. Director Amei Wallach deftly sets the global scene – the Cold War; the Pop Art Movement; societal turmoil in the U.S.; and the cultural ambitions of the JFK administration. Amid the manipulation and the international controversy, the epicenter of the art world is about to shift from Paris to New York.
“Maneuvers that could have come from a Hollywood thriller…skullduggery, but no smoking gun.” -David D’Darcy, The Art Newspaper
From 6–7pm, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail reception at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion. Featuring guest appearances by Director Amei Wallach and Art Curator, President and CEO of The Society of the Four Arts, Philip Rylands for an audience discussion.
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