Modern Art in Technicolor: Art, Film, and American Identity


Friday, March 24, 2017, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free with museums admission.
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
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Focusing on postwar American art and film, this series examines the formation of national identity. Each screening pairs a work from the museums’ modern and contemporary art collection with a film that speaks to its concerns. As in any dialogue, the conversation goes both ways: as the chosen artworks reveal hidden complexities in apparently simple films, the selected films use narrative to tease out and make apparent the aesthetic and social ambitions of art. The series is programmed by Harmon Siegel, a Ph.D. student in the History of Art and Architecture program at Harvard.

Today’s film:
Otto Preminger 
Bonjour Tristesse, 1958 (94 min.; color)

Following the screening, view Morris Louis’s Blue Veil (in Gallery 1110, on Level 1).

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.