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Cornell Cinema Screens Ithaca Premiere of Eva Hesse

Artist Eva Hesse

Screening on both October 6th and 8th at 7 PM
2016 > USA/Germany > Directed by Marcie Begleiter
Born in Hamburg in 1936 to a German-Jewish family, Eva Hesse became “one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. Eva Hesse, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: ‘full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.’ The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.” (Karen Cooper, Film Forum)

The film utilizes entries from Hesse’s journals and her personal story is a compelling one: she was born in Germany in 1936, left the country with her sister a few years later as part of the Kindertransport rescue effort of Jewish children, was later reunited with her parents in the U.S., and eventually returned to Germany with her artist husband for a residency during which her work blossomed.
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Time and Place
October 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
Willard Straight Theater on Cornell Campus