Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray - film premiere + special guest
EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY
USA | 2016 | 60 min
European premiere with introduction by Stedelijk Museum's curator Karen Archey.
EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking feminist artist Elizabeth Murray.
The film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. As her paintings defied efforts at categorization, Murray herself broke convention, leaving an indelible imprint on contemporary art and becoming the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 2005.
EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY traces Murray's life, from years as a struggling single mother to having a growing family and thriving career.
From her early 1960’s “funk-inflected pop” and her painterly minimalism in the 70’s, to her dynamic fractured canvases of the 1990s and 2000s, Murray worked without hesitation through – and often in spite of – market trends, historical movements and her failing health, until she lost her life to cancer in 2007.
This film chronicles her remarkable journey with a mix of interviews with artists, curators and friends, private home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep.
The international press on Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray
“The movie shows the great variety of Murray's always vivid, colorful work, and culminates with a triumph not just for Murray but also, as the film takes pains to point out, for women in American art” - The New York Times
"The film is an exemplary integration of personal history, cultural context and the exposition of the artistic process." – Two Coats of Paint
"A vivid portrait of a unique talent and personality." – Film Journal International
This special screening will be introduced by Stedelijk Museum's curator Karen Archey.
Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Prior to joining Stedelijk, she worked as an art critic, independent curator and editor of e-flux conversations in Berlin and New York. Archey received a 2016 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her short-form writing, focusing on feminist practices, art and technology. Her writing has been featured regularly in magazines such as frieze and ArtReview, and anthologies published by institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, MIT Press and the New Museum. Archey recently co-curated the survey exhibition Art Post-Internet at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2014) and edited the publication Art Post-Internet: INFORMATION/DATA. She has recently appeared on panels at the University of Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Museum of Modern Art New York and MoMA PS1.
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