MUSE Film and Television

MUSE Film and Television MUSE Film and Television is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company. MUSE Film and Television (www.musefilm.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on the belief that film, digital and other kinetic media provide the ideal modes through which to gain a better appreciation of art.

Our mission is to produce quality documentaries on visual art and culture complemented by an array of educational resources. At a time when "high art" is perceived as less relevant to daily life, MUSE selectively brings the fine art world to larger audiences through our varied films, programs and services. In short, we ensure that important and exciting films on art get made and get seen. We are t

Our mission is to produce quality documentaries on visual art and culture complemented by an array of educational resources. At a time when "high art" is perceived as less relevant to daily life, MUSE selectively brings the fine art world to larger audiences through our varied films, programs and services. In short, we ensure that important and exciting films on art get made and get seen. We are t

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Award winning filmmaker Dave Schumacher's new film The New Fire is an independent documentary about next-generation nucl...
12/09/2016
THE NEW FIRE

Award winning filmmaker Dave Schumacher's new film The New Fire is an independent documentary about next-generation nuclear technology and the role it could play in fighting climate change. It’s a grassroots effort that’s been funded entirely through the generosity of visionary individuals and family foundations.

On Kickstarter now!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2142897175/the-new-fire

Could the next climate heroes be nuclear engineers? The New Fire explores the potential for advanced reactors to help save the planet.

Re-posting..there was a glitch. MUSE founder Karl Katz has written his memoir THE EXHIBITIONIST: Living Museums, Loving ...
12/06/2016

Re-posting..there was a glitch. MUSE founder Karl Katz has written his memoir THE EXHIBITIONIST: Living Museums, Loving Museums. Recently released, the book is both a field guide on how to appreciate museums - and the art within - and a witty, erudite, and entertaining book! It can be found on Amazon, at the Strand, Rizzoli's and other favorite bookstores. The perfect holiday gift!

MUSE founder Karl Katz has written his memoir THE EXHIBITIONIST: Living Museums, Loving Museums. Recently released, the ...
12/05/2016

MUSE founder Karl Katz has written his memoir THE EXHIBITIONIST: Living Museums, Loving Museums. Recently released, the book is both a field guide on how to appreciate museums - and the art within - and a witty, erudite, and entertaining book! It can be found on Amazon, at the Strand, Rizzoli's and other favorite bookstores. The perfect holiday gift!

The amazing Camerini-Robertson filmmaking team has done it again! Their newest film IMMIGRATION BATTLE will air on PBS's...
10/19/2015
Immigration Battle – FRONTLINE

The amazing Camerini-Robertson filmmaking team has done it again! Their newest film IMMIGRATION BATTLE will air on PBS's Frontline/Independent Lens tomorrow night (Tuesday October 20th) at 9pm.

In this two-hour special, acclaimed independent filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini take viewers behind closed doors in Washington's corridors of power to explore the political realities surrounding one of the country's most pressing and divisive issues. The film is a personal, profane, rollicking saga that is very current - with Congressmen Mick Mulvaney, Paul Ryan and Luis Gutierrez in starring roles.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/immigration-battle/

Why has it been so hard for Washington to fix the country’s broken immigration system?

Only three days left to see Roy Lichtenstein’s "Greene Street Mural" - don't miss this show!In December 1983, Roy Lichte...
10/14/2015
Roy Lichtenstein - September 10 - October 17, 2015 - Images - Gagosian Gallery

Only three days left to see Roy Lichtenstein’s "Greene Street Mural" - don't miss this show!

In December 1983, Roy Lichtenstein created Greene Street Mural, an unprecedented, site-specific, and temporary wall painting measuring 18' × 96-1/2' at the Castelli Gallery at 142 Greene Street. In accordance with Lichtenstein's intention, the work was destroyed after the six-week show. More than thirty years later, Gagosian presents to a new generation of viewers a full-scale painted replica of the original work, based on documentation from Lichtenstein's studio and produced under the supervision of his former studio assistant. In keeping with the momentous spirit of the original project, the replica will be destroyed at the close of the exhibition.

On view through Oct 17 at Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street.
http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/roy-lichtenstein--september-10-2015/exhibition-images

Don't miss this extraordinary show of pre-World War II Japanese Propaganda Kimonos. And be sure to read the story about ...
10/14/2015
Edward Thorp Gallery | NY

Don't miss this extraordinary show of pre-World War II Japanese Propaganda Kimonos. And be sure to read the story about each kimona (included with the gallery price lists). The exhibition is on view at the Edward Thorp Gallery in Chelsea and has been extended to Oct 24.

http://edwardthorpgallery.com/

"Frank Stella: A Retrospective" opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art! This is the most comprehensive survey of St...
10/05/2015
Who Gets to Call It Art?

"Frank Stella: A Retrospective" opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art! This is the most comprehensive survey of Stella's work to date and includes paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/FrankStella

Watch exclusive interviews with Frank Stella in the MUSE film "Who Gets to Call it Art?" The film takes the viewer on a wild ride through New York's 1960's art world, seen through the eyes of Henry Geldzahler, the first “contemporary art” curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For the DVD: http://www.musefilm.org/who-gets-to-call-it-art

This film is a romp through the art scene of the ’60s when acclaimed artists such as James Rosenquist and Frank Stella were puttering around downtown Manhattan, scraping together loose change for canvas, paint and beer. Centered on the life of Henry Geldzahler, the adventurous Metropolitan Museum cu…

Don't miss Chuck Close’s recent work "Red Yellow Blue" at Pace Gallery. Using the grid, these full-color paintings are m...
09/28/2015
Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress

Don't miss Chuck Close’s recent work "Red Yellow Blue" at Pace Gallery. Using the grid, these full-color paintings are made of only cyan, magenta, and yellow pigments, layering the colors in singular brushstrokes. http://www.pacegallery.com/newyork/exhibitions/12759/chuck-close-recent-work

For more on Chuck Close, check out the DVD Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress. http://www.musefilm.org/store/chuck-close-portrait-in-progress

Since 1969, when Chuck Close first exhibited his series of black-and-white portrait heads, his paintings have fascinated the public. Working mostly from instant photographs, Close paints in a style that vacillates between representation and abstraction. His colossal heads, at first severe and confro…

09/23/2015

Opening today! Singapore: Inside Out at Madison Square Park. Runs through Sunday.
Originating in Beijing and traveling to London, Singapore: Inside Out is making its third stop in NYC.
This international creative showcase features a collection of multi-sensorial experiences designed by the country’s creative talents.
We are invited to step into this interactive experiential space that brings together a spectrum of disciplines, including architecture, design, fashion, film, food, music and the literary, performing and visual arts.
https://singaporeinsideout.com

09/23/2015

Picasso Sculpture at MoMA (Sept 14, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016).

Picasso Sculpture offers a broad survey of the artist’s sculpture from 1902-1964. The show focuses on the artist’s lifelong work with sculpture, with a particular focus on his use of materials and processes. The exhibition, which features more than 100 sculptures, is organized in chronological chapters, starting with "Early Works and the First Cubist Sculptures, 1902-1909" and concluding with "Sheet Metal Sculptures, 1954-1964."
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1559

To learn more about Picasso, watch The Unity of Picasso's Art, a DVD comprised of two lectures given by Professor Meyer Schapiro, the distinguished Columbia University Professor of Art History. The lectures have been converted into a video format in order to preserve the lectures and to share Professor Schapiro's unique insights into Picasso and his art. The program contains 75 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Picasso, along with photographs of the artist in his studio.
The DVD can be found on MUSE's website
http://www.musefilm.org/store/unity-picasso-art

MUSE's recently completed film Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse explores the art, history and cultural ramifications of on...
09/16/2015
Beatus: the Spanish Apocalypse

MUSE's recently completed film Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse explores the art, history and cultural ramifications of one of Spain’s greatest national treasures, the illuminated and illustrated medieval manuscripts based on the 8th century apocalyptic commentary by the monk, Saint Beatus of Liébana. Professor John Williams, who devoted over three decades to the study of the Beatus manuscripts, acts as the documentary’s guide and historian. Filmed on location in Spain, the documentary journeys through the towns, villages, routes, churches and monasteries behind the making of the 27 currently surviving manuscripts.
The DVD is available for purchase on MUSE's website https://musefilm.squarespace.com/store/beatus-the-spanish-apocalypse

BEATUS - THE SPANISH APOCALYPSE depicts in startling imagery the cosmic battle between the heavenly angels and the demons of hell, as foretold in the Book of Revelation. John Williams, the author of the five volume Illustrated Beatus, takes us on a journey back in time through Spain to link these su…

Now live on our website is a short video of MUSE's Executive Director Karl Katz talking about illustrated and illuminate...
07/21/2015
Interviews

Now live on our website is a short video of MUSE's Executive Director Karl Katz talking about illustrated and illuminated manuscripts and how filmmakers have overlooked them as a subject.

http://www.musefilm.org/interviews/

MUSE Film and Television is a non-profit executive production company that uses film and digital media to create quality films on visual art and culture.

Now live on our website is a short and sweet video of MUSE's Executive Director Karl Katz talking about our award-winnin...
06/29/2015
Interviews

Now live on our website is a short and sweet video of MUSE's Executive Director Karl Katz talking about our award-winning 2008 documentary Herb and Dorothy and building an art collection of your own.

"Go find works of art that you love and don't cost a lot of money, and collect it. And love it! And be part of what the world of creativity is all about."

Image: "Herb and Dorothy" director Megumi Sasaki with the eponymous couple, Herb and Dorothy, at the 2008 MUSE Gala.

http://www.musefilm.org/interviews/

MUSE Film and Television is a non-profit executive production company that uses film and digital media to create quality films on visual art and culture.

Five Artists, 5 Book ReviewsThis week's The New York Times Sunday Book Review debuts its first eve art-themed issue with...
06/26/2015
Five Artists, Five Book Reviews

Five Artists, 5 Book Reviews

This week's The New York Times Sunday Book Review debuts its first eve art-themed issue with five groundbreaking contemporary artists creating art and image-based literary criticism, paying homage to inspiration they have found in fiction, philosophy and poetry.

Wangechi Mutu, Wangechi Mutu Studio, reviews "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/25/books/review/five-artists-five-book-reviews.html?_r=0

Must a book review take the form of prose — or can it be pure image? For this first art-themed issue of the Book Review, five pathbreaking contemporary artists create visual works of literary criticism, paying homage to the inspiration they’ve found in fiction, philosophy and poetry.

06/23/2015
Mariko Mori on Botticelli's The Annunciation | The Artist Project Season 1 | The Metropolitan...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2nd season of The Artist Project "What artists see when they look at The Met" is now online for binging! All are roughly 3 minutes long.

http://artistproject.metmuseum.org/2/

We recommend you check out Mariko Mori on Boticelli's "The Anunciation."

http://artistproject.metmuseum.org/2/mariko-mori/

'When someone bows to you, that reminds you of your highness, the high quality of your being.'

Ai Weiwei's first major retrospective in Britain will be launched in September at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. T...
06/22/2015
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei to have major London show

Ai Weiwei's first major retrospective in Britain will be launched in September at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The exhibition will include selections that reflect his practice from recent years, as well as new works created specifically for the show.

A new artwork, "Remains," is a porcelain work that replicates a group of bones excavated at a 1950s Labor Camp under Communist Leader Mao Zedong.

http://www.todayszaman.com/arts-culture_chinese-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-to-have-major-london-show_390410.html

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will have what is being billed as the biggest »»

https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/famous-dissidents-ai-weiwei-jacob-applebaum-stuff-panda-bears-n-s-documents-306300Artne...
06/09/2015
Famous Dissidents Ai Weiwei and Jacob Applebaum Stuff Panda Bears With N.S.A. Documents - artnet...

https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/famous-dissidents-ai-weiwei-jacob-applebaum-stuff-panda-bears-n-s-documents-306300

Artnet News write-up on Ai Weiwei and Jacob Appelbaum's artistic collaboration: 20 plush panda bears stuffed with shredded sensitive documents and sewed in microchips.

The 9-minute documentary by Laura Poitras can also be seen through a link on this article to the New York Times.

Filmmaker Laura Poitras captures Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei and technologist Jacob Applebaum working on their new art project.

06/08/2015
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015 | Trailer

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is coming to NYC June 11 - June 21, 2015! Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry made its premier in 2012 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival!

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Trailer: https://youtu.be/J3vBhFZwzN8

Venues include IFC Center (See schedule here: http://www.ifccenter.com/series/human-rights-watch-film-festival-2015/) and Film Society of Lincoln Center (Schedule: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/human-rights-watch-film-festival-2015)

June 12 - 20: http://filmlinc.com/HRWFF The Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings human rights issues to life through storytelling in a way that challenges...

"Barred since 2011 from traveling outside his home country, the artist Ai Weiwei has become a master of what might be ca...
06/08/2015
Ai Weiwei Trades Politics for Subtlety in First Solo Exhibition in China

"Barred since 2011 from traveling outside his home country, the artist Ai Weiwei has become a master of what might be called “remote exhibition-making” — using 3-D computer models, Skype, and a team of curators and assistants to create large-scale installations around the world from his studio in Beijing. But no virtual simulation was needed for the artist’s newest exhibition, which opened last weekend at the Galleria Continua and at the Tang Contemporary Art Center in the trendy 798 Art District of Beijing."

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/sinosphere/2015/06/08/ai-weiwei-solo-exhibition-china-beijing/?emc=edit_tnt_20150608&nlid=16657911&tntemail0=y&_r=0&referrer=

Tourists, fans, and family and friends of the artist flocked to the opening the exhibition to see the show and, more important for many, to catch a glimpse of Mr. Ai.

Flashback to MUSE's Executive Director Karl Katz with abstract painter Larry Poons in 1998! For more flashbacks, watch a...
06/05/2015

Flashback to MUSE's Executive Director Karl Katz with abstract painter Larry Poons in 1998!

For more flashbacks, watch a quick video interview with Karl in his office about founding MUSE Film and Television in 1992.

http://www.musefilm.org/interviews/

Earlier this week we wrote about MoMA The Museum of Modern Art's Jacob Lawrence exhibition One Way Ticket: Migration Ser...
06/04/2015
MoMA | A Road Three Hundred Years Long: Cinema and the Great Migration

Earlier this week we wrote about MoMA The Museum of Modern Art's Jacob Lawrence exhibition One Way Ticket: Migration Series. Blog post: http://www.musefilm.org/blog/2015/6/1/one-way-ticket-jacob-lawrences-migration-series-and-other-works

We also highly recommend you check out MoMA's Film Department companion series: A Road Three Hundred Years Long: Cinema and the Great Migration (until June 12), which presents a selection of fiction films by African American independent directors and nonfiction films from 1920s-1940s, including newsreels, ethnographic films, home movies, and New Deal social documentaries.

View the film schedule with their descriptions here: https://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1580

MoMA | A Road Three Hundred Years Long: Cinema and the Great Migration

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MUSE recently launched UCArt, a distribution venture that seeks to aggregate and distribute high production value films on visual arts and culture. UCArt films are available in DVD format and can be purchased through MUSE.

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