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Checkerboard Films Checkerboard was founded in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution to document individuals who have made important contributions to the American arts for educational and archival purposes.

Checkerboard Film Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution established in 1979 to document, through the medium of film and video, artists who are making unique and important contributions to the American Arts. Checkerboard's creative profiles fulfill educational and archival purposes for students, museums, libraries, universities, art historians and collectors, in the U.S. and abroad. They represent a visual time capsule of artistic achievements spanning the last half-Century.

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04/30/2020
Billy Collins: On the Road with the Poet Laureate

In honor of Billy Collins and poetry month, we are pleased to offer #Checkerboard’s film 𝐁𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐬: 𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐞𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 on Vimeo and Amazon for the month of May, for $1.

Billy Collins was a two term U.S Poet Laureate (2001 - 2003). ⁣

📸 Excerpt from 𝐁𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐞𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 (2003). ⁣

03/25/2020
Barry Harris: The Spirit of Bebop Excerpt

Checkerboard’s film 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘴: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘉𝘦𝘣𝘰𝘱 is available to stream for $1 on Vimeo and Amazon. ⁣

Barry Harris, 90 years young, offers weekly Jazz workshops in New York (244 W 54th St. 10th Floor) every Tuesday (6 pm - 12 am). Piano, Vocal and Improvisation classes are just $15 (weekly sessions) for non-members. ⁣

🎥 Excerpt from 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘴: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘉𝘦𝘣𝘰𝘱 (𝟷𝟿𝟿𝟿) ⁣

Remembering Jack Youngerman (1926 - 2020) on what would have been his 94th birthday. Checkerboard filmed Jack on many oc...
03/25/2020

Remembering Jack Youngerman (1926 - 2020) on what would have been his 94th birthday.

Checkerboard filmed Jack on many occasions and will premiere the film 'Jack Youngerman: My Life in Art' later this year.

Checkerboard's film ‘On the Wings of Brancusi’ is included in Festival International du Film sur l'Art's Carte Blanche t...
03/20/2020

Checkerboard's film ‘On the Wings of Brancusi’ is included in Festival International du Film sur l'Art's Carte Blanche to Rad Hourani during their online program.

For only $30, FIFA is providing access to several films included in its 38th edition until March 29 across Canada. For more information on the online program visit artfifa.com.

📸 © Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved (ARS) 2018

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03/11/2020
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#Checkerboard’s film 'On the Wings of Brancusi' will be making its Dutch premiere on March 12 during the Ambacht in Beel...
03/02/2020

#Checkerboard’s film 'On the Wings of Brancusi' will be making its Dutch premiere on March 12 during the Ambacht in Beeld Festival in Amsterdam. The film screening will be followed by a talk with designer Aldo Bakker and furniture designer Rutger Graas.

The Checkerboard Collection is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon.

📸 #FromtheArchives Ellsworth Kelly in Brancusi's studio at The Centre Pompidou in 2006

Ambacht in Beeld Festival
02/26/2020

Ambacht in Beeld Festival

UITGELICHT | ON THE WINGS OF BRANCUSI + Q&A

Op donderdag 12 maart om 21.00 uur maken we de cirkel rond; het Ambacht in Beeld Film Festival 2020 in LAB 111 opent met CarvingtheDivine en besluit met beeldhouwer Constantin Brancusi. Na de Nederlandse première van ‘On the Wings of Brancusi’ gaan Aldo Bakker en Rutger Graas met het publiek in gesprek.

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“If you want to know what I think about Brancusi,” zegt kunstenaar Carl Andre, “look at my work. My sculpture ‘Mute’ is more eloquent than anything I could say.”

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) was een van de meest belangrijke beeldhouwers uit de eerste helft van de twintigste eeuw. Zijn werk is nog altijd van enorme invloed op hedendaagse kunstenaars.

In ‘On the Wings of Brancusi’ vertellen onder andere Carl Andre, Lynda Benglis, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra en Joel Shapiro over hun fascinatie voor het werk en de ambachtelijke werkwijze van Brancusi. De documentaire voert langs ateliers en galeries, de Brancusi studio in het Centre Pompidou en het Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Na vertoning van de documentaire volgt een nagesprek met designer Aldo Bakker (Aldo Bakker Studio) en meubelvormgever Rutger Graas. Zij zullen spreken over ambacht en design, het spanningsveld tussen idee en uitvoering en over samenwerking en kruisbestuiving.

'On the Wings of Brancusi' is gemaakt door Edgar Howard en Susan Wald voor Checkerboard Films.

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Tickets (€ 11,- regulier, gratis voor houders van een Cineville pas) zijn verkrijgbaar via onze website: https://ambachtinbeeldfestival.nl/programma-2020-1/on-the-wings-of-brancusi-talk-aldo-bakker-rutger-graas/

#sculpture #architecture #art #Brancusi #design #furniture #craftsmanship #checkerboardfilms #aldobakker #rutgergraas

To conclude the five-part series 'Checkerboard Films on the American Arts: Recent Releases', the National Gallery of Art...
02/24/2020

To conclude the five-part series 'Checkerboard Films on the American Arts: Recent Releases', the National Gallery of Art will be screening 'Jeff Koons: The Whitney Retrospective' on February 25. The film follows Koons and Whitney Chief Curator, Scott Rothkopf, through every gallery of the 2014 exhibition.

The Checkerboard Collection is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon.

#Checkerboard's film 'Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects' (2010) is part of the season 7 lineup for the A...
02/13/2020

#Checkerboard's film 'Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects' (2010) is part of the season 7 lineup for the Architecture + Design Film Series in Vermont on February 19. Architect Dan Scully, Vincent Scully’s son, will be the special guest at the Brattleboro location.

Scully traces his background from New Haven and Yale University, where he taught for more than six decades, becoming one of its most popular professors.

'Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects' and the Checkerboard Collection is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon.

📸 #FromtheArchives Vincent Scully, 2009

National Gallery of Art will be screening two of Checkerboard’s films on Tuesday, February 4th (West Building Lecture Ha...
02/03/2020

National Gallery of Art will be screening two of Checkerboard’s films on Tuesday, February 4th (West Building Lecture Hall): 'Eric Fischl: The Process of Painting' (2012), which charts the course of the artist’s creative process, and 'Carrie Mae Weems: Speaking of Art' (2012), a 30-minute lecture in which Weems discusses over two decades of her work (1981-2004).

The films (Checkerboard Collection) are available for streaming on Vimeo and Amazon.

📸 In Production with Eric Fischl / The Considered © Carrie Mae Weems and Jack Shainman Gallery.

Checkerboard is proud to announce that we are currently producing a 60-minute documentary on Julie Mehretu, set to be re...
01/28/2020

Checkerboard is proud to announce that we are currently producing a 60-minute documentary on Julie Mehretu, set to be released in May 2020. The film will document the preparations, installation, and realization of her mid-career retrospective, co-produced by LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. Mehretu offers extensive commentary on her work, her process, and the chronology of her career. Also interviewed are a number of art world friends and associates.

Currently playing on a loop in the LACMA retrospective, which opened in October 2019, is an 8 minute film produced by Checkerboard on the artist.

Check out our website for more details.

📸JULIE MEHRETU “MURAL” 80 by 23 feet, Goldman Sachs Lobby, NYC

#Checkerboard’s film 'On the Wings of Brancusi' (2018) will be screened at the National Gallery of Art on Tuesday, Janua...
01/17/2020

#Checkerboard’s film 'On the Wings of Brancusi' (2018) will be screened at the National Gallery of Art on Tuesday, January 21 (West Building Lecture Hall). The film provides insights into Brancusi’s legacy and his influence on a generation of contemporary American artists, including: Carl Andre, Lynda Benglis, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, and Joel Shapiro.

The film and The Checkerboard Collection is available for streaming on Vimeo and Amazon.

📸 Sculptures by Constantin Brancusi (c) Succession Brancusi/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York at the National Gallery of Art (2020).

#Checkerboard’s film 'Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line' (2012) will be screened Ja...
01/14/2020

#Checkerboard’s film 'Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line' (2012) will be screened January 15 at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The film offers insights into the firm’s history, previous completed projects, and their unique process of reimagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces.

The Checkerboard Collection is available for streaming on Vimeo and Amazon.

Continuing Checkerboard’s five-part series at The National Gallery of Art, 'Frank Stella Black Aluminum Copper' and 'The...
01/13/2020

Continuing Checkerboard’s five-part series at The National Gallery of Art, 'Frank Stella Black Aluminum Copper' and 'The Architecture and Art of Cornell Tech' will be screened on January 14 (West Building Lecture Hall).

The Checkerboard Collection is available for streaming on Vimeo and Amazon.

📸 Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, taken by Checkerboard in 2018 / Frank Stella during filming at L&M Arts in 2012

The National Gallery of Art will be screening #Checkerboard’s film 'James Rosenquist Up Close' on January 7 at 12:30 pm ...
01/07/2020

The National Gallery of Art will be screening #Checkerboard’s film 'James Rosenquist Up Close' on January 7 at 12:30 pm (West Building Lecture Hall). The film captures the artist sharing intimate stories from his life in art, as well as insightful interviews with family and curators.

Our film is available for streaming on Vimeo and Amazon.

The National Gallery of Art will be screening #Checkerboard’s film John Richardson: The Art of Picasso (1927 - 1973) thi...
12/20/2019

The National Gallery of Art will be screening #Checkerboard’s film John Richardson: The Art of Picasso (1927 - 1973) this Sunday, December 22 at 2 and 4:30 pm. The film captures Richardson as he is writing the fourth and final volume in his definitive biography of #PabloPicasso. Personal insights on Picasso are provided by Françoise Gilot, Claude Picasso, and Lucien Clergue.

If you cannot attend the screening, the film is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon.

#Checkerboard’s production crew in Jack Youngerman’s studio on December 17th. The film ‘Jack Youngerman: My Life in Art’...
12/19/2019

#Checkerboard’s production crew in Jack Youngerman’s studio on December 17th. The film ‘Jack Youngerman: My Life in Art’ will be released early next year.

📸 Photo by Laurie Lambrecht #JackYoungerman #ArtistStudio

RAY KAPPE (1927 - 2019)KAPPE RESIDENCE"At the time that I had finished the house, I felt that I had finally come to a pl...
12/11/2019
Ray Kappe - Checkerboard Film Foundation

RAY KAPPE (1927 - 2019)

KAPPE RESIDENCE

"At the time that I had finished the house, I felt that I had finally come to a place that felt the most comfortable that I had ever been, architecturally. Rudolph obviously was an influence. Lou Khan was an influence in this house. People see it in many, many ways. Some think it's Schindler-esque, some think it's Wrightian and some think that it had some Neutra aspects. But it has a lot of similarity, I think, to the kind of thing that Rudolph did. I think we both have somewhat similar sensibilities in terms of developing levels and floating pieces and that kind of a feeling."

Ray Kappe in Checkerboard's film "Ray Kappe: California Modern Master - Forty Years of Modular Evolution"

http://checkerboardfilms.org/films/show/n/ray-kappe

This documentary, available on DVD, follows Kappe's career from building his family's home in 1967 to becoming a leader in sustainable archicture, including founding the influential avant garde Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC). He continues to be known as a pioneer in Architec...

Tonight at 7pm, Violet Crown Charlottesville will be screening #Checkerboard’s films DUANE MICHALS (1939 - 1997) as well...
11/20/2019

Tonight at 7pm, Violet Crown Charlottesville will be screening #Checkerboard’s films DUANE MICHALS (1939 - 1997) as well as ELLSWORTH KELLY: FRAGMENTS.

Both films can be streamed on Vimeo and Amazon Prime.

📸 #FromtheArchives Ellsworth Kelly with Edgar Howard, Director of the film, and David Leitner, Director of Photography. Artist's studio, 2006.

Stream #Checkerboard’s 1978 film, Duane Michals (1939 - 1997), on AMAZON PRIME and VIMEO. ⁣⁣Approaching his 88th birthda...
11/18/2019

Stream #Checkerboard’s 1978 film, Duane Michals (1939 - 1997), on AMAZON PRIME and VIMEO. ⁣

Approaching his 88th birthday, the renowned photographer #DuaneMichals is currently being celebrated at two exhibitions in NYC. The Morgan Library & Museum has organized a major survey of his work coupled with photographs and other selections by artists from the Morgan’s extensive archive (until February 2, 2020). ⁣

DC Moore Gallery is showing Michals’ new printed studio portraits of Hollywood actors, as well as earlier photographs and new self portraits (to December 21, 2019).⁣

📸From the filming of Duane Michals (1939 - 1997)in #FromtheArchives

“The entablatures, I think, came about through the Cubist backgrounds. They’re decorative and remind me of minimal art.”...
10/21/2019

“The entablatures, I think, came about through the Cubist backgrounds. They’re decorative and remind me of minimal art.” – Roy Lichtenstein in #Checkerboard’s film 'The Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein', available to stream on Amazon Prime and Vimeo.

The current exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Order and Ornament: Roy Lichtenstein’s Entablatures”, is on view through 2020. The exhibition presents a diverse array of works on paper related to Lichtenstein’s Entablatures series from the 1970s.

📸 #FromtheArchives Production photo from the filming of 'The Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein'

“I kept looking at pictures taken from space and I was amazed at the variety of color up there, just amazing” – James Ro...
10/17/2019

“I kept looking at pictures taken from space and I was amazed at the variety of color up there, just amazing” – James Rosenquist in #Checkerboard’s film ‘James Rosenquist Up Close', available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon.

Kasmin Gallery's exhibition 'Two Paintings' is opening tonight and will be on view through November 16, 2019. The works exhibited reflect Rosenquist’s lifelong fascination with space.

📸 James Rosenquist, 2012 #FromtheArchives. Taken during the walkthrough of his 2012 Multiverse exhibition at Acquavella Galleries Inc.

Architectural Record's October 2019 issue includes new projects by Peter Eisenman, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl Architec...
10/11/2019

Architectural Record's October 2019 issue includes new projects by Peter Eisenman, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl Architects.

#Checkerboard has done films on all three architects which are available on #AmazonPrime and #Vimeo: 'Peter Eisenman: University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals', 'Jean Nouvel: Guthrie Theater’, and ’Steven Holl: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Bloch Building’.

📸Architectural Record October 2019 cover

“…Kiki’s studio is practically her body. If she’s in a taxicab, she’s carving something… If she’s at home, she’s sculpti...
10/10/2019

“…Kiki’s studio is practically her body. If she’s in a taxicab, she’s carving something… If she’s at home, she’s sculpting something…” - Zachary Wollard from #Checkerboard’s film Kiki Smith: Squatting the Palace, available to stream on Amazon Prime and Vimeo.

The Modern Art Oxford exhibition “Kiki Smith: I am a Wanderer” is the artist's first solo exhibition in a public institution in 20 years. The exhibition is currently on view through January 19, 2020.

Happy Anniversary to Duncan and Marjorie Phillips! Checkerboard's film 'The Phillips Collection' is available to stream ...
10/08/2019

Happy Anniversary to Duncan and Marjorie Phillips!

Checkerboard's film 'The Phillips Collection' is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon Prime. The film includes historical footage of Marjorie, Laughlin Phillips, her son, and other members of the Phillips family.

Happy Anniversary to Duncan & Marjorie Phillips who were married #onthisday 98 years ago!

Marjorie Phillips, Breakfast Room, ca. 1925, Oil on canvas 24 x 30 in., Gift of the artist, 1984.

“…People talk about Jan’s work as painting because she does in photographs what people have traditionally expected paint...
10/08/2019

“…People talk about Jan’s work as painting because she does in photographs what people have traditionally expected paintings to do.” – John Szarkowski from #Checkerboard’s film 'Jan Groover: Titling at Space', available on Amazon Prime and Vimeo.

Now through January 5, 2020 at Musee de l’Elysee, 'Jan Groover: Laboratory of Forms' will be looking back at the life’s work of the artist for the first time. The exhibition is based on a selection of archives from her personal collections and will cover her years in New York and France.

📸 #JanGroover taken by #TinaBarney

“I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection.” – #DuaneMichals from #Checkerboard’s film Duane...
10/04/2019

“I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection.” – #DuaneMichals from #Checkerboard’s film Duane Michals (1939-1997), available to stream on Amazon Prime and Vimeo.

‘Duane Michals: The Portraitist’ is currently exhibiting more than 125 portraits by Michals in Fenimore Art Museum's Clark Gallery through November 10, 2019.

'My paintings come about because of many many things and I sort of accumulate questions, and when there’s enough questio...
09/23/2019

'My paintings come about because of many many things and I sort of accumulate questions, and when there’s enough questions then I do something about it.’ - #JamesRosenquist from James Rosenquist Up Close

#Checkerboard’s film on the artist is currently available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon Prime, as well as to purchase on our website.

‘Visualising the Sixties’ is on view through November 9 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac's London Ely House. This is the first UK exhibition in over thirty years that will be focusing on this defining decade for the artist.

📸 © Bob Adelman Estate

Happy #NationalSkyScraperDay! Jeanne Gang, designer of Aqua Tower in Chicago, was named this year's most influential arc...
09/03/2019

Happy #NationalSkyScraperDay! Jeanne Gang, designer of Aqua Tower in Chicago, was named this year's most influential architect by TIME!

Our film ”Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower” is available to stream on Amazon Prime and Vimeo.

📸 #FromtheArchives taken in 2009 during filming in Chicago with Studio Gang.

Happy #NationalBeachDay from the Checkerboard archives! This photo was taken while filming the photographer #HarryCallah...
08/30/2019

Happy #NationalBeachDay from the Checkerboard archives! This photo was taken while filming the photographer #HarryCallahan in October 1982.⁣

Looking for something to watch this Labor Day weekend? 𝐀𝐋𝐋 Checkerboard films are available to stream on Amazon Prime and Vimeo. ⁣

📸 Edgar Howard, Founder of Checkerboard Film Foundation #FromtheArchives

Today, Checkerboard's film "Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections" was screened during Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac's book launch of ...
08/28/2019

Today, Checkerboard's film "Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections" was screened during Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac's book launch of "Roy Lichtenstein: The Loaded Brush".

The film is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon. For information on future screenings, please visit the events page on our website.

📸 From the Checkerboard Archives

#FromtheArchives #RoyLichtenstein

08/27/2019

"You take a canvas, divide it up like a checkerboard... and go from there." - Man Ray

Happy Birthday #ManRay 🎈

Public sculpture by #AlexKatz seen today on Park Avenue!Stream Checkerboard’s film Alex Katz: Five Hours, which document...
08/26/2019

Public sculpture by #AlexKatz seen today on Park Avenue!

Stream Checkerboard’s film Alex Katz: Five Hours, which documents the artist painting January III (6’ x 14’) in just five hours, on Vimeo and Amazon. The film is also available to purchase on our website.

Kasmin Gallery, in collaboration with Lococo Fine Art Publisher, is exhibiting seven large-scale works, each an iteration of Alex Katz’s Park Avenue Departure (2019), along Park Avenue (between 52nd and 59th).

The work portrays Ada, the artists wife, walking away. Katz has painted more than 250 portraits of Ada over the course of their 60 year marriage.

#FundforParkAvenue #LococoFineArt #KasminGallery #ParkAvenueDeparture #NYCParksArt

The American photographer #DuaneMichals will be featured in the exhibition “A Pittsburgh Anthology” at Carnegie Museum o...
08/22/2019

The American photographer #DuaneMichals will be featured in the exhibition “A Pittsburgh Anthology” at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Please watch Checkerboard’s film 'Duane Michals', which showcases Michals innovative use of photo-sequences, which often incorporate text to examine emotion and philosophy, to form a narrative. The film is available to stream on Vimeo and Amazon and to purchase on our website.

📸 From the filming of 'Duane Michals (1939 - 1997)' #tbt #FromtheArchives

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