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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. 

NEW: Art in Focus
Fall lecture series at Stony Brook Southampton
Tuesdays at 7 pm.  followed by receptions with the speakers. Admission free but registration is recommended.
For details and registration, click on the links below.

davidson and stringari
September 12
FOCUS: Conserving Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
Susan Davidson and Carol Stringari
riley
September 26 
FOCUS: Art and the Jazz Age
Charles A. Riley II
siegel
October 10 
FOCUS: The 2017 Venice Biennale
Katy Siegel

See the full program here »
Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University.

For more information, contact 
Chris Kretz, Stony Brook Southampton Library   
chris.kretz@stonybrook.edu 
(631) 632-5171 

Panel on Abstract Expressionism 
Tuesday, October 17
Dedalus Foundation
25 East 21st Street
New York City

Issues raised by the exhibition, Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain, will be discussed by a panel of prominent scholars .The program will begin at 6:30 pm, with a reception to follow. The speakers are David Anfam, Joana Grevers, Charlotta Kotik and Michael L. Krenn, moderated by Helen A. Harrison. See the program here »

Admission is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. Click here to register »

Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University. 

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.

roman shortsSeptember 1
Roman Polanski,  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.  

kanalSeptember 8
Andrzej Wajda, Kanał,  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.  

firemans ballSeptember 15
Miloš Forman, The Fireman's Ball,  1967 (73min.)
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

romantic mood filmSeptember 22
Cristian Mungiu, 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. 

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