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with Gretchen Helfrich (Chicago Public Radio) and guest panel
WHO GETS TO CALL IT ART?
"Wonderful...an exuberant fix for art junkies." -Time Out NY
"Lively, intelligent collage, richly complex and immediately accessible...Rosen effortlessly charts the tremendous changes in the art world in the tumultuous '60s" -Variety
"There is no hyperbole in stating this is one of the greatest art documentaries ever made. Through an imaginative mixture of rare footage, audio recordings and contemporary interviews with the living legends of modern art, Rosen has created a cinematic portrait which is, in itself, a work of art." -Film Threat
"What Who Gets To Call It Art? does capture -- and very well -- is the spirit of invention and discovery that made the '60s so exciting." -The Onion
½ "Shot with a Peter Greenaway-like austere impudence and edited brilliantly (by Jed Parker), this is an entertaining movie, and a moving one--even if, like me, you're not especially fond of these paintings or that scene." -Chicago Tribune
Who Gets to Call It Art? is a wild ride through the fascinating world of the 1960's New York art scene. Consisting of never-before-seen footage of artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichenstein and exclusive interviews with Frank Stella, David Hockney and James Rosenquist among many others, the film explores one of the most creatively fertile periods of American Art as seen through the eyes of Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler. A legend in his own mind but also in the hearts of the artists whose works he championed, Geldzahler was instrumental in raising consciousness about the vibrancy of contemporary American art. As this documentary attests, his landmark and somewhat controversial exhibition New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970 shaped not only the Met's future, but the art world's as well. The works from Henry's Show, as it came to be known, are now considered masterpieces of twentieth century art. For Geldzahler, there was no mold or idea that art needed to fit into, and he maintained a lifelong interest in - and affection for - the new and unfamiliar. Who Gets to Call It Art? presents a dynamic look at ten amazing years when American artists challenged everything and forever changed the world of art.
Directed by Peter Rosen, U.S.A., 2005, 35mm, 80 mins.
CINECHAT: A stellar panel, moderated by Chicago Public Radio's Gretchen Helfrich, looks at the issues of art curatorship, collecting and connoisseurship after the 1:30 screening on Sunday, June 25. With Kathy Cottong, Director, Arts Club of Chicago, Susanne Ghez, Director, Renaissance Society, Judith Russi Kirshner, Dean, College of Art & Architecture, UIC, architect/art collector Ron Krueck, art collector Lewis Manilow and art dealer Donald Young.