Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. Independent documentary filmmaker Michael Blackwood has produced and directed more than 150 films on the arts. Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

is an independent film company producing documentaries on the arts. We are interested in architecture and architects, art and artists, dance and choreographers, and music and composers.

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Today marks the 45th anniversary of the completion of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence.The nearly 25-mile-long ...
09/10/2021

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the completion of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence.

The nearly 25-mile-long installation in northern California was the result of over four years of planning, construction, and political navigation; elements that were usual in the fantastic works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

To learn more about the Running Fence and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, please see our 1995 film "Christo and Jeanne-Claude" and our 1978 film "Christo: Works in Progress," which are available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#RunningFence #RunningFences #ChristoAndJeanneClaude #Christo #Art #Artists #Installation #LandArt #ArtHistory #OTD #California #70s #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the completion of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence.

The nearly 25-mile-long installation in northern California was the result of over four years of planning, construction, and political navigation; elements that were usual in the fantastic works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

To learn more about the Running Fence and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, please see our 1995 film "Christo and Jeanne-Claude" and our 1978 film "Christo: Works in Progress," which are available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#RunningFence #RunningFences #ChristoAndJeanneClaude #Christo #Art #Artists #Installation #LandArt #ArtHistory #OTD #California #70s #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Pioneering minimalist artist Sol LeWitt was born on this day in 1928.Featured in our documentary films "4 Artists" (1988...
09/09/2021

Pioneering minimalist artist Sol LeWitt was born on this day in 1928.

Featured in our documentary films "4 Artists" (1988) and "What is Minimalism" (2004,) as well as the subject of "Sol LeWitt: 4 Decades" in 2000, the artist lended us his insight and deep understanding of the subject matter. We hope these films, which were greatly enriched by LeWitt, help to preserve his memory.

#SolLeWitt #LeWitt #Artist #Art #Painting #Sculpture #Minimalism #ConceptualArt #OTD #ArtHistory #ModernArt #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Pioneering minimalist artist Sol LeWitt was born on this day in 1928.

Featured in our documentary films "4 Artists" (1988) and "What is Minimalism" (2004,) as well as the subject of "Sol LeWitt: 4 Decades" in 2000, the artist lended us his insight and deep understanding of the subject matter. We hope these films, which were greatly enriched by LeWitt, help to preserve his memory.

#SolLeWitt #LeWitt #Artist #Art #Painting #Sculpture #Minimalism #ConceptualArt #OTD #ArtHistory #ModernArt #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Our 1970 documentary film "Scenes Seen with Allen Jones" explores the motives behind the artist’s graphic works, paintin...
09/01/2021

Our 1970 documentary film "Scenes Seen with Allen Jones" explores the motives behind the artist’s graphic works, paintings and sculptures, the erotic overtones of which are both controversial and alluring.

"Scenes Seen with Allen Jones" is available to stream via Vimeo On Demand. Please visit our website for more information.

#AllenJones #Artist #Art #PopArt #Designer #60s #70s #BritishArt #Photography #Sculpture #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

In remembrance of Chuck Close, who passed away yesterday at the age of 81.Close was a featured artist in our 1980 film "...
08/20/2021

In remembrance of Chuck Close, who passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

Close was a featured artist in our 1980 film "14 Americans: Directions of the 1970s," in which he is seen painting his famous work "Mark."

"I used to work on ladders, and I would forget that I was up on them after I'd be up there for two or three hours, and turn around and fall off. So, by taking my studio up in the air with me now, I have everything I need, my telephone, and TV, which I have to have. And air, and electricity, and ci******es. I just photograph the people who are around me, my friends. I end up photographing a lot of people that I don't end up using."

#ChuckClose #Painting #Artist #Art #Painter #PhotoRealist #Documentary

Our 1972 documentary film "Larry Rivers" is a close look at the creative process of the controversial Pop Art figure. Ri...
08/17/2021

Our 1972 documentary film "Larry Rivers" is a close look at the creative process of the controversial Pop Art figure. Rivers discusses his art and position in the art world, all while providing a rare glimpse at his painting, sculpting, and filmmaking projects in-progress.

"Larry Rivers" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#LarryRivers #Artist #Art #PopArt #60s #70s #Painting #Sculpture #Film #FilmMaker #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Hans Haacke and art historian Jon Bird, as featured in our 2007 film "Hans Haacke: 4 Decades." The film follows Haacke a...
08/12/2021

Hans Haacke and art historian Jon Bird, as featured in our 2007 film "Hans Haacke: 4 Decades." The film follows Haacke and Bird as they thoroughly tour two retrospective exhibitions showcasing Haacke's rich body of work, which ran simultaneously in Berlin and Hamburg in 2006.

Today, on his 85th birthday, we wish to highlight the multimedia artist who's powerful political imagery and innovative ex*****on lasts as force in a contemporary art.

"Hans Haacke: 4 Decades" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#HansHaacke #Haacke #Art #Artist #Installation #Multimedia #PoliticalArt #Contemporary #German #GermanArt #Germany #Berlin #Hamburg #Museum #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Hans Haacke and art historian Jon Bird, as featured in our 2007 film "Hans Haacke: 4 Decades." The film follows Haacke and Bird as they thoroughly tour two retrospective exhibitions showcasing Haacke's rich body of work, which ran simultaneously in Berlin and Hamburg in 2006.

Today, on his 85th birthday, we wish to highlight the multimedia artist who's powerful political imagery and innovative ex*****on lasts as force in a contemporary art.

"Hans Haacke: 4 Decades" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#HansHaacke #Haacke #Art #Artist #Installation #Multimedia #PoliticalArt #Contemporary #German #GermanArt #Germany #Berlin #Hamburg #Museum #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

We'd like to wish a happy 89th birthday to Peter Eisenman, who's participation in many of our architecture documentaries...
08/11/2021

We'd like to wish a happy 89th birthday to Peter Eisenman, who's participation in many of our architecture documentaries has been an invaluable source of insight and personality.

This still from our 1995 film "Peter Eisenman: Making Architecture Move" features the architect alongside another seminal figure in the deconstructivist movement, Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016.)

The Michael Blackwood film collection is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#PeterEisenman #Eisenman #Architect #Architecture #Deconstructivist #ZahaHadid #Documentary #Film the #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

We'd like to wish a happy 89th birthday to Peter Eisenman, who's participation in many of our architecture documentaries has been an invaluable source of insight and personality.

This still from our 1995 film "Peter Eisenman: Making Architecture Move" features the architect alongside another seminal figure in the deconstructivist movement, Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016.)

The Michael Blackwood film collection is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#PeterEisenman #Eisenman #Architect #Architecture #Deconstructivist #ZahaHadid #Documentary #Film the #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Jackson Po***ck work was emblematic of the abstract expressionism movement. He is a subject of our art survey film "THE ...
08/11/2021

Jackson Po***ck work was emblematic of the abstract expressionism movement. He is a subject of our art survey film "THE NEW YORK SCHOOL" (1972), directed by Michael Blackwood, written and narrated by Barbara Rose.

In the film, art critic Barbara Rose notes, “Many were immigrants to America, but slowly they turned their eyes from Europe, looking into themselves and into their own subjective conflicts and experiences. As a result, they created a monumental, dramatic art that remains a singular expression of the crucial modern quest for individuality and personal freedom.” Never knowing exactly how their pieces would turn out, the artists of the New York School embraced their own complex humanity and worked from a place of bold, sporadic realness.

Jackson Po***ck (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)
Still image from "The New York School", 1972. Directed by Michael Blackwood.

Canadian residents, please visit the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema online to see this film until September 30th.

#JacksonPo***ck #NewYorkSchool #AbstractExpressionism #ModernArt #ArtHistory #Art #Painting #Doucmentary #ArtFilm #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #BarbaraRose #OTD #HotDocs @hotdocs_

Jackson Po***ck work was emblematic of the abstract expressionism movement. He is a subject of our art survey film "THE NEW YORK SCHOOL" (1972), directed by Michael Blackwood, written and narrated by Barbara Rose.

In the film, art critic Barbara Rose notes, “Many were immigrants to America, but slowly they turned their eyes from Europe, looking into themselves and into their own subjective conflicts and experiences. As a result, they created a monumental, dramatic art that remains a singular expression of the crucial modern quest for individuality and personal freedom.” Never knowing exactly how their pieces would turn out, the artists of the New York School embraced their own complex humanity and worked from a place of bold, sporadic realness.

Jackson Po***ck (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)
Still image from "The New York School", 1972. Directed by Michael Blackwood.

Canadian residents, please visit the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema online to see this film until September 30th.

#JacksonPo***ck #NewYorkSchool #AbstractExpressionism #ModernArt #ArtHistory #Art #Painting #Doucmentary #ArtFilm #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #BarbaraRose #OTD #HotDocs @hotdocs_

Ree Morton, featured in our 1976 artist survey film 'Artpark People', one year before her tragic passing at age 40. Her ...
08/03/2021

Ree Morton, featured in our 1976 artist survey film 'Artpark People', one year before her tragic passing at age 40. Her work that summer integrated painting and sculpture, and was architectural in its claim to space, but more closely resembled theater or kinds of ritual. The work "poetically heightened" what was already there, celebrating the theatrical nature of dramatic vistas.
Artpark opened in 1974 as a unique and immersive arts experience which lives on to this day, located in the Niagara Gorge region of New York State.

Ree Morton (August 3, 1936 – April 30, 1977)

'Artpark People' (1976), directed by Michael Blackwood, narration by Nancy Rosen is available to stream on Amazon, Vimeo and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#ReeMorton #Artpark #Landart #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #Niagara #Painting #OTD #

Casa das Artes in Porto, Portugal, designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura, as featured in our 1992 film "The New Modernists:...
07/27/2021

Casa das Artes in Porto, Portugal, designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura, as featured in our 1992 film "The New Modernists: 6 European Architects.

The Michael Blackwood film collection is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#CasaDesArtes #EduardoSoutoDeMoura #SoutoDeMoura #Porto #Portugal #Europe #Architecture #Architect #ModernArchitecture #Art #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

We'd like to wish a happy 78th birthday to David Hammons!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Hammons' works deals directly with the African-America...
07/25/2021

We'd like to wish a happy 78th birthday to David Hammons!
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Hammons' works deals directly with the African-American experience, and often incorporates readymade materials such as basketball hoops, discarded bottles, and street signs.
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In our 1992 film "After Modernism: The Dilemma of Influence," Hammons discusses the exclusionary nature of the art world, and the historical unacceptance of black Americans pursuing art.
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#DavidHammons #Art #Artist #ModernArt #ContemporaryArt #ArtHistory #Painting #Sculpture #Documentary #ArtFilm #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

We'd like to wish a happy 78th birthday to David Hammons!
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Hammons' works deals directly with the African-American experience, and often incorporates readymade materials such as basketball hoops, discarded bottles, and street signs.
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In our 1992 film "After Modernism: The Dilemma of Influence," Hammons discusses the exclusionary nature of the art world, and the historical unacceptance of black Americans pursuing art.
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#DavidHammons #Art #Artist #ModernArt #ContemporaryArt #ArtHistory #Painting #Sculpture #Documentary #ArtFilm #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976,) as featured in our 1978 documentary film "Masters of Modern Sculpture Part II: The New W...
07/22/2021

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976,) as featured in our 1978 documentary film "Masters of Modern Sculpture Part II: The New World."

#AlexanderCalder #Calder #Art #Sculpture #Scultor #Artist #ArtHistory #ModernArt #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976,) as featured in our 1978 documentary film "Masters of Modern Sculpture Part II: The New World."

#AlexanderCalder #Calder #Art #Sculpture #Scultor #Artist #ArtHistory #ModernArt #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

"The Wild Angels," directed and produced by Roger Corman and starring Peter Fonda, was released on July 20, 1966.The fil...
07/21/2021

"The Wild Angels," directed and produced by Roger Corman and starring Peter Fonda, was released on July 20, 1966.

The film was formative to the biker film genre, and a milestone portrayal of 1960s counterculture.

Our 1978 documentary film "Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel," featuring Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, David Carradine, and many others, is available to stream on Vimeo On Demand. Please see our website for more information.

#TheWildAngels #RogerCorman #PeterFonda #Film #FilmHistory #Movies #BikerFilms #Bikers #Motorcycles #60s #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

"The Wild Angels," directed and produced by Roger Corman and starring Peter Fonda, was released on July 20, 1966.

The film was formative to the biker film genre, and a milestone portrayal of 1960s counterculture.

Our 1978 documentary film "Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel," featuring Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, David Carradine, and many others, is available to stream on Vimeo On Demand. Please see our website for more information.

#TheWildAngels #RogerCorman #PeterFonda #Film #FilmHistory #Movies #BikerFilms #Bikers #Motorcycles #60s #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Wishing a happy birthday to New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and legendary avant-gardist Penny Arcade, who...
07/15/2021

Wishing a happy birthday to New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and legendary avant-gardist Penny Arcade, who was borth #OTD in 1950 in New Britain, Connecticut.
We had an opportunity to film with Penny in conjunction with the two-part BAD GIRLS exhibition at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1994.

Visit www.pennyarcade.tv for more information.

Still image taken from our film "Reclaiming the Body: Feminist Art in America", 58 min., 16mm color, 1995.

#PennyArcade #PerformanceArt #AvantGarde #UndergroundArt #Documentary #Art #MichaelBlackwoodProductions @penny_arcade_forever @pennyarcadenyc

Wishing a happy birthday to New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and legendary avant-gardist Penny Arcade, who was borth #OTD in 1950 in New Britain, Connecticut.
We had an opportunity to film with Penny in conjunction with the two-part BAD GIRLS exhibition at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1994.

Visit www.pennyarcade.tv for more information.

Still image taken from our film "Reclaiming the Body: Feminist Art in America", 58 min., 16mm color, 1995.

#PennyArcade #PerformanceArt #AvantGarde #UndergroundArt #Documentary #Art #MichaelBlackwoodProductions @penny_arcade_forever @pennyarcadenyc

On this day we remember Gian Carlo Menotti, the composer, librettist, director, and playwright who founded the Festival ...
07/08/2021

On this day we remember Gian Carlo Menotti, the composer, librettist, director, and playwright who founded the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds). The summer music, opera and contemporary art festival is held in the Umbrian town of Spoleto. The 64th edition is currently underway (June 25 - July 11, 2021) under the artistic direction of Monique Veaute. We filmed with Menotti and many others at the festival's 10th anniversary in 1967, and again ten years later when Menotti expanded the festival to Charleston, South Carolina.

Gian Carlo Menotti (July 7, 1911 - February 1, 2007)

For more info visit www.festivaldispoleto.com

#FestivaldiSpoleto #FestivaldeiDueMondi #spoleto64 #GianCarloMenotti @festivaldispoleto #Spoleto #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #OTD

07/02/2021

Hans Bethe (1906 - 2005) the eminent Nobel Prize winning nuclear physicist of the 20th century was not only concerned about stellar energy production, but among many other things US energy independence vis-a-vis substitution, synthetic fuels, and conservation. Bethe was also an advocate for nuclear energy, which he recognized had many opponents, but was worthy of its risks and a timely alternative to fossil fuels which he prophysized would be far more destructive.

"At present, I believe [nuclear power] is safe, but if the number and quality of people going into nuclear power declines, then reactors someday actually may become unsafe. Nobody can guarantee absolute safety. There is nothing in this world which is free of risk and nuclear power is no exception, but the risk from nuclear power, in my opinion, is far less than from any other way of producing power, and less than from most other industrial enterprises, and of course, industrial enterprises in turn are far less risky than having industrial civilization come to an end. The risk of life in a primitive society is just enormously greater than it is in an industrial society." "What people like myself are advocating is not an unlimited growth of energy consumption. Many of the anti-people accuse us of that, that we want unlimited growth. We don't but we do not want decay and if we don't do anything reasonable, then there will be decay, not just no growth, but decay, decline of everything that we are doing nowadays."

Hans Bethe is the subject of our film "Hans Bethe: Prophet of Energy" (1980) directed by Michael Blackwood, which traces his life and career.

The Michael Blackwood Film collection is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#HansBethe #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #ScienceHistory #nuclearenergy #energyproduction #stellarnucleosynthesis #atomicbomb #hydrogenbomb #atomicscience #documentary
#historyfilm

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