2017 Summer Program
The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s public programs are supported in part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, the Stony Brook University Research Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Endowment Fund and the Herman Goldman Foundation.
Lichtenstein Lecture Series at the Fireplace Project
Sundays at 5 pm. Admission free.
Made possible by a generous contribution from Dorothy Lichtenstein
Tony Smith: The Abstract Expressionists’ Architect
Eileen Costello, Hunter College
Women Artists of the East End
Joan Marter, Women’s Art Journal
Robert Rauschenberg and the New York School
Lewis Kachur, Kean University
Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow with book-signing
Laurie Wilson, New York University
Inside the Abstract Expressionist Studio
Helen A. Harrison, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Syd Solomon, Abstract Expressionism, and World War II
Gail Levin, Baruch College/CUNY Graduate Center
Art and Film in the Communist Era
Marion Wolberg Weiss, New York University
Annual John H. Marburger III Memorial Lecture
Saturday, July 29 at 4 pm. Admission free.
Made possible by the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University
The John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
Mark Rothko from the Inside Out
Drawing on his intimate knowledge and understanding, Christopher Rothko will discuss issues of interpretation and meaning in the work of his late father, the painter Mark Rothko.
Based on the essays collected in his book, Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out, his talk will look closely at Rothko’s paintings and explore the ways in which they foster a profound connection between the artist and the viewer through form, color, and scale.
Christopher Rothko, a writer and psychologist, chairs the board of the Rothko Chapel in Houston and is actively involved in managing the Rothko legacy.
His talk will be followed by a book-signing, and a reception at the Pollock-Krasner House.
Receptions and Gallery Talks at the Pollock-Krasner House
Sundays from 5 – 7 pm. Admission free.
Fall Film Series at the Pollock-Krasner House
Fridays at 7 pm. Admission free.
Made possible by the generosity of our members
Cinema Behind the Iron Curtain, hosted by Marion Wolberg Weiss
In conjunction with the exhibition, Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain , this year's series centers on Eastern European filmmakers and their works during the 1950s and 1960s. While Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania were under Communist regimes, their national cinemas were among the most important instruments for social criticism and ideological debate. Individuals like Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, and Miloš Forman share other particular elements: training at their national film schools; recognition at international movie festivals; and connection to Western film movements. Except for Polanski, they also share a documentary style. Contemporary Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu carries on the anti-establishment tradition that defined Eastern European cinema during the Cold War.
Student short films
Two Men and a Wardrobe, The Fat and the Lean, and Mammals, 1957-1962 (Total 74 min.)
Polanski's violent and tragic childhood trying to survive in German-occupied Poland shaped his cinematic approach and outlook.
His avant-garde movies made at the Film School in Łódź imbued him with a life-long purpose and a surreal/absurdist style that appear throughout the body of his work, including Rosemary's Baby and his Oscar-winning The Pianist.
1957 (96 min.)
Polish director Wajda studied painting at the Kraków Academy before enrolling in the Łódź Film School like Polanski, but he represents a more documentary approach to movies.
His reality-based Kanał, one of a trilogy about World War II, depicts resistance fighters' struggle for survival in the Warsaw sewers. It won a special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1957.
The Fireman's Ball,
Czech director Forman had also studied at his national film school, FAMU, developing a cinema verité method. Yet The Fireman's Ball is a more subtle criticism of his society, a satire questioning authority and Stalin's brutality.
After the film's release, it was banned for several years and Forman was forced to leave the country. Subsequent success in America earned him an Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,
2007 (113 min.)
The Romanian film industry has enjoyed a long history, starting in the late 1800s. Even so, its production output slowed until the 1960s and then again until 2001.
Mungiu helped revive Romania's reputation with films like 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, speaking out against Communist-era policies such as abortion prohibition and featuring a realistic style and authentic historic events. The movie won the 2007 Palme d'Or at Cannes.