Abstraction and the Movies — An Exhibition

So since October, I've been preparing an exhibition for the Anderson Collection, a museum of modern and contemporary American art in Stanford, California. The exhibit is called “Abstraction and the Movies.” Taking inspiration from Manny Farber and my art-history professor Alexander Nemerov, I chose movie posters and stills from a range of films (50s Hollywood musicals, La La Land, Studio Ghibli, Anna Karina, and John Cassavetes, to name a few) and hung them up next to the works of Abstract Expressionist artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem De Kooning, Morris Louis, Joan Mitchell, and others! I also wrote the wall labels on how the movie and the painting are in dialogue.

The labels and the paintings each…

Read notes
  • Some Came Running
  • Faces
  • La La Land
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Robin and Marian
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Minnie and Moskowitz
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Psycho
  • Point Blank
  • Lola
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • The Big Sleep
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Duck Amuck
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • The Naked Kiss
  • Certain Women