Eva Hesse Documentary with Pre-Screening cocktail party and Q & A

Terri Smith

June 1, 6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Franklin Street Works will co-present a screening of the documentary “Eva Hesse” at the Avon Theatre on Wednesday, June 1st. There will be a pre-screening cocktail reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Franklin Street Works followed by a 7:30 screening and Q & A at the Avon Theatre. This documentary (written, produced, and directed by Marcie Begleiter) explores the remarkable life and achievements of Eva Hesse, an important visual artist of the 1960s. Q & A includes FSW Creative Director, Terri C Smith, art historian Helen Cooper who curated “Eva Hesse: A Retrospective in 1992,” which was singled out by the New York Times as one of the ten best exhibitions that year, as well as the artist’s sister Helen Hesse Charash. The cocktail party is free and open to the public and the usual Avon box office prices apply for the screening. For tickets, visit: www.avontheatre.org


As the wild ride of the 1960’s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, she had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. Her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention it deserved. When she died in May, 1970 from a brain tumor, the life of one of that decades’ most passionate and brilliant artists was tragically cut short. As Jonathon Keats wrote in Art and Antiques Magazine “Yet the end of her life proved to be only the beginning of her career. The couple of solo gallery shows she hustled in the 11 years following her graduation from the Yale School of Art have since been eclipsed by multiple posthumous retrospectives at major museums from the Guggenheim to the Hirshhorn to the Tate.” Her work is now held by many important museum collections including the Whitney, MoMA, the Hirschhorn, the Pompidou in Paris and London’s Tate Modern.

Artists such as Dan Graham, Richard Serra, Nancy Holt, Carl Andre, Robert and Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Eva’s husband Tom Doyle and her friend, writer Lucy Lippard speak candidly and with great passion about the 60’s, Eva’s work and her life. In addition, Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Museums and Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman have added their views on Hesse’s work and legacy. Hesse’s journals and correspondence provides much of the guiding narration.

Eva Hesse deepens the understanding of this extraordinary artist, not only in terms of her ground-breaking work, but also the life that provided the fertile soil for her achievements. With dozens of new interviews, high quality footage of Hesse’s artwork and a wealth of newly discovered archival imagery, the documentary not only traces Eva’s path but engages in a lively investigation into the creative community of 1960’s New York and Germany.