Movies at SAAM: Summer 2017

Ryan on June 20, 2017
Still from Gustav Deutch's film, Shirley: Visions of Reality

Are you looking for something cool and entertaining to do this summer? Look no further! "Movies at SAAM" has got you covered. We're excited to bring you a wonderful lineup of movies and guest speakers that will provide a refreshing look into American art.

Beginning this Saturday, June 24, "Movies at SAAM" will be showing two short films by legendary movie title designer Saul Bass. These films, Notes on the Popular Arts and Why Man Creates, are animated stories that delve into the philosophy of art and humanity. After the films, editors of the design website The Art of the Title, Lola Landekic and Will Perkins, will be around to discuss these films and talk about the life and influential work of Saul Bass.

On Saturday, July 8, we will be showing Shirley: Visions of Reality. Edward Hopper's colorful paintings come to life in Gustav Deutch's feature film. The film explores a woman's thoughts and emotions from the 1930s to the early 1960s. Afterward, take some time to explore SAAM's collection of Edward Hopper paintings.

Finally, Saturday, July 22, we will be showing David Lynch's Eraserhead. Based on the director's own paintings of his industrial and gloomy hometown, Eraserhead is a surrealist film that captures Lynch's unique and brilliant mind. Incorporating elements of dark humor, gore, and erotic imagery, Eraserhead stands out as one of the most memorable films of the 20th century. If you enjoy this film, explore SAAM's new exhibit Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings, located on the third floor.

Movies can add a new way of looking at art. These three screenings provide an interesting exploration into some of American Art's wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art, as well as provide a different perspective on what it means to be creative.

All showings are at 3 p.m. in SAAM's McEvoy Auditorium. Admission is free.