Keeping It Reel: Behind the Curtain

Keeping It Reel: Behind the Curtain

Keeping It Reel: Art Documentary Films at Casa

Join us for a night of inspiring, educational, and hard-to-find films sourced by The Gallery at Casa.

Behind the Curtain
January 11, 7pm
Community Room, Casa
Admission by donation

Behind the Curtain: Get a peek behind the curtain of contemporary art with two fascinating documentaries. The Life of the Artwork reveals the conservation processes that protect the unusual materials of contemporary art, and Museum Town reveals how a municipality in decline opened the largest museum of contemporary art in the world. The duration of the screening will be approximately 2.5 hours, with a short intermission in between.

The Life of the Artwork:
Museum Town:

The Life of the Artwork
(Directed by Marion Kollbach, 2018, 52 mins)

A film about the fascinating life of an artwork from cradle to grave, seen from the perspective of Christian Scheidemann, better known as the “Art Doctor”. All those people worried about the shelf life of their hand-signed snowball, their sculpture made from caviar or the extremely delicate surface of their painting created from dried vegetables, automatically end up in the New York studio “Contemporary Conservation” of “Art Doctor“ Christian Scheidemann. It doesn’t matter if you are
European, American or Asian, if you are a collector, artist, curator or gallery owner. Scheidemann is the man of the hour for the conservation of contemporary art. He consults for and works with artists who employ unusual materials. He repairs damaged art, stops aging processes, slows them down or suggests to not interfere at all. As the world’s leading expert, he is at the forefront of discussions.

Museum Town
(Directed by Jennifer Trainer, 76m, 2019)

Today, MASS MoCA is the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades ago, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a shuttered factory. This documentary tells how such a wildly improbable transformation came to be. Museum Town also looks at the artistic process itself—not only how museums work but how artists create, tracking celebrated artist Nick Cave as he builds the monumental installation “Until,” a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream. Narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, the documentary tells the story of an unconventional museum, the small town of North Adams, MA it it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city.

Keeping It Reel Film Nights are the the second Wednesday of the Month at 7pm

Upcoming Film Nights:
Celebrating Black History Month – February 8
Women’s Stories – March 8
It Came From Canada – April 12
Inside/Out – May 10
Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Month – June 14
Cultivating Community – September 13
Telling Tales – October 11
Movember Movies – November 8
Quiet Contemplation – December 13

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Date:January 11th, 2023

Time:7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Location:Casa - Community Room

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