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January 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Pre-Screening Reception for the Documentary ART AND CRAFT with Avon Theatre

The documentary “ART AND CRAFT,” which is about prolific art forger Mark Landis and is on the Oscar Short List, will screen at Stamford’s Avon Theatre, January 14 at 7:30 pm. Before the screening Franklin Street Works will host a free public cocktail reception with the directors at our space from 6:30 until 7:20. After the 7:30 screening at the Avon, there will be a Post-film Q&A with filmmakers Jennifer Grausman & Sam Cullman. The Franklin Street Works pre-screening reception is free, and movie ticket prices at the avon are as follows: Avon Carte Blanche Members: FREE, (Franklin Street Works and Avon) Members: $6, Students & Seniors: $8, Nonmembers: $11.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.avontheatre.org, at the Avon business office (203-661-0321), the box office (203-967-3660, x2), or at the door. The Avon is located walking distance from Franklin Street Works at 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT.

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

In English | Not Rated | 89 minutes

Sam Cullman • Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer – Sam Cullman is a cinematographer, producer and director of documentaries. He partnered with director Marshall Curry to co-direct, shoot and produce IF A TREE FALLS (2011) which won the U.S. Documentary Editing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and later received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature. More recently, Cullman produced and shot the Peabody and Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (2012), directed by Eugene Jarecki. His latest film, ART AND CRAFT (2014), which Cullman shot, produced and directed with Jennifer Grausman premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories for theatrical distribution. In addition to his camerawork on his own films, Cullman’s cinematography has also appeared in dozens of other documentaries including WATCHERS OF THE SKY (2014), REAGAN (2011), and KING CORN (2006). A graduate of Brown University (1999) with Honors in Visual Art and a second major in Urban Studies, Cullman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jennifer Grausman • Director/ Producer – Jennifer Grausman recently completed directing and producing the feature documentary ART AND CRAFT, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories for theatrical distribution. She also directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary, PRESSURE COOKER (2008). The film garnered awards from festivals across the country including a Special Jury Commendation at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. Grausman also co-produced Eric Mendelsohn’s feature, 3 BACKYARDS (2009), which won Best Director at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, she produced six short films, including Suzi Yoonessi’s DEAR LEMON LIMA (2007), and Joan Stein’s SOLIDARITY (2005). In addition to making films, Grausman was Co-Director of The Screenwriters Colony in Nantucket, MA from 2010 to 2012. A graduate of the MFA film program at Columbia University, Grausman was honored with the 2005 Best Producer Award. Prior to graduate school, she was the Manager of Exhibition and Film Funding at The Museum of Modern Art.Z She earned her BFA in Art History at Duke University.

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. 

January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Augustus Thompson Performs Ambient Electronic Music

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” exhibiting artist Augustus Thompson will perform ambient styled electronic music at the Franklin Street Works upstairs gallery. For his live performance, Thompson will sequence sound loops that include elements from his piece currently on view in the gallery’s café. The event is free and open to the public.

In Augustus Thompson’s work, field recordings bleed into guitar work, creating sculptural sound. Thompson’s performances involve the primitive sequencing of pre-recorded loops, referred to by the artist as “bedroom music.”  In these performances simple lyrics take on repetitive motifs, much like mantras, in ways that connect performer and audience. Often melancholic, Thompson’s music alludes to intimacy, privacy, and the open context of a free expansion of expression.

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is on view at Franklin Street Works through February 22, 2015. The exhibition features works that use paint in unorthodox ways or bypass the medium all together to reveal how the “language of painting” can invade, obstruct and enhance other media.

Exhibiting artists include: Polly Apfelbaum, Paul Branca, Taylor Davis, Tim Davis, Marley Freeman, Ragnheiour Gestsdottir, Michael Graeve, Dave Hardy, Alex Hubbard, John Knuth, Sophy Naess, Tameka Norris, Peter Nowogrodzki/Max Kotelchuck, Seth Price, Paul Theriault, Brad Tucker, Siebren Versteeg, Augustus Thompson, Leslie Wayne, “in actu: music and painting” (K.R.H. Sonderborg, Wolfgang Hannen, Günter Christmann and Paul Lovens).

About the Artist: 

Augustus Thompson lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.  His work, which includes painting, print, installation, sound design and sculpture, has been exhibited most recently at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2014); White Cube, London (2014); Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano, Italy (2014); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Still House Group, New York (2014); Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2013) and in several San Francisco galleries where he began his career.

 

January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Leslie Wayne Artist Talk

New York artist Leslie Wayne will speak about her work as part of “About Like So: The Influence of Painting” exhibition. The event includes a talk from 4:00 – 5:00, followed by  a casual Q & A and a social gathering in the café from 5:00 – 6:00pm.

Leslie Wayne will speak about her current body of work, entitled Paint/Rags, which are on view in Franklin Street Works’ current exhibition, “About Like So: The Influence of Painting.” At first glance, these three-dimensional paintings appear to be painted fabrics hanging on a hook. In reality, they have no cloth or canvas behind them and are made entirely of paint. The perceptual double-take Wayne creates gives rise to questions about context, about the value of art and everyday objects, and the nature of painting. Wayne will speak about her process, about the symbiotic relationship between process and ideas, and about her personal history that lead to this work.

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is a group exhibition that explores how the histories, forms, materials and other qualities associated with painting inform conceptual art practices today. The exhibition, curated by Terri C Smith, aims, in part, to challenge expectations of painting, which are often attached to historic movements, decorative qualities or romantic notions of the artist in his or her studio. “About Like So” features works that use paint in unorthodox ways or bypass the medium all together to reveal how the “language of painting” can invade, obstruct and enhance other art forms. This exhibition asks, “In an era where painting no longer has the art historical primacy it once did, what can it contribute to the dominant art practices of today – art that is often not medium specific and is rooted in the theory-driven practices of conceptual art?”

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is on view at Franklin Street Works through February 22, 2015. Exhibiting artists include: Polly Apfelbaum, Paul Branca, Taylor Davis, Tim Davis, Marley Freeman, Ragnheiour Gestsdottir, Michael Graeve, Dave Hardy, Alex Hubbard, John Knuth, Sophy Naess, Tameka Norris, Peter Nowogrodzki/Max Kotelchuck, Seth Price, Paul Theriault, Brad Tucker, Siebren Versteeg, Augustus Thompson, Leslie Wayne, “in actu: music and painting” (K.R.H. Sonderborg, Wolfgang Hannen, Günter Christmann and Paul Lovens).

About Leslie Wayne: Leslie Wayne was born in Germany in 1953, and grew up in California. She currently lives and works in New York. Wayne studied painting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1971 to 1973, and she received a BFA in sculpture at The Parsons School of Design. Wayne is the recent recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists grant, and has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is in the public collections of The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Fondation Cartier pour d’art Contemporain, Paris, France, La Collection Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, and the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, among others. Leslie Wayne is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.