Movies at SAAM Continues This Spring

David Hockney, film still from Hockney, 2014

From March to May, "Movies at SAAM" will screen five eye-opening films about American art. All films will be shown on selected Saturdays at the museum's McEvoy Auditorium, beginning at 3 p.m.

On March 11, we will start off with Beautiful Losers, a documentary by filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard. See how a group of young artists and designers, using DIY methods like skateboarding, graffiti, and underground music, inadvertently impact the art world.

On April 1, "Movies at SAAM" screens Between the Folds. Experience how five artists (including Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine whose work, Green Balance is on display at our Renwick Gallery) and an eccentric scientist reveal the secrets of modern origami. Directed by Vanessa Gould, this film is a fascinating look into the magic of paper folding.

On May 13, come to a showing of Hockney, a 2014 documentary by Randall Wright about the artist David Hockney. After the show be sure to check out Hockney's installation, Snails Space with Vari-Lites, "Painting as Performance" on the third floor.

Last but not least, on May 20, in honor of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth and our exhibition, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times, we will end the season with two films about our 35th President. Adventures on a New Frontier and Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, were shot in cinéma vérité, also known as observational cinema. This technique uses only one or two cameras to document subjects without the aid of a narrator. Both hour-long films will be shown back-to-back with a 15 minute break.

All films start at 3 p.m. in the McEvoy Auditorium and will be followed by a 20 minute discussion. We hope you can join us on this journey though art and art history!