Artists On Film At Pollock-Krasner House

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The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs will host the “Artists on Film: The Power of Connection” series on select Fridays, starting September 6.This year’s fall film series celebrates the diverse roles that connections play in artists’ lives. Inspired by the creativity that often starts in conversations as artists interact with one another, the series will also explore other connections—such as an artist’s relationship with his or her environment and personal and professional insights. The series is curated by cinema historian and art critic Marion Wolberg Weiss, who will lead the discussions after screenings.

The annual series kicks off on September 6 with “Connections: Ray Johnson On-Line.” Mr. Johnson, who famously committed suicide in Sag Harbor in 1995, developed connections by sending drawings through the mail to friends and colleagues. He also connected vicariously to an extensive network of celebrities (alive and dead), art-world luminaries and others who intrigued him for his own arcane reasons.

Next up will be “Jackson Pollock: Portrait” on September 20. This rarely seen profile of Pollock, made for the PBS Strokes of Genius series, offers insights into his personal and professional relationships with Lee Krasner and other artists. It also reveals his strong connection to the natural environment, beginning in his youth in the American West and later in Springs, and its influence on his creativity.

The series continues on September 27 with “Eames: The Architect and the Painter” about Charles Eames and his wife Ray. The couple was friends with Pollock and Lee Krasner. In addition to the couple’s professional collaboration as designers, they also connected with other disciplines, such as architecture, photography and science, which influenced their creative output.

The final film in the series will be “The Visual Language of Herbert Matter,” which will be screened on October 4. The documentary explores Mr. Matter’s influence on graphic design, his work in photography and film, and his friendships with Eames, Krasner and Pollock.

All films will screen at 7 p.m. at the Pollock-Krasner House. Admission is $5 at the door and free for Pollock-Krasner House members. Reservations are not required.

Additionally, Pollock-Krasner House director Helen A. Harrison can be seen on “Sullivan’s Travels Around the East End” on LTV cable Channel 21, broadcasting on Sundays, September 8 and 15 at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, September 4 and 11 at 9:30 a.m.; and Fridays, September 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. LTV will also broadcast “Expressionism in the 21st Century” on Wednesdays, September 18, 25 and October 2 at 9 at 9:30 a.m.; Fridays, September 20, 27 and October 4 and 11 a.m. at 3 p.m.; and on Sundays, September 22, 29 at 8:30 p.m.

The “Charlotte Park: The 1950s” exhibit will remain on view through October 31. The museum is open by appointment only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with guided tours on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for museum members. For additional information, visit http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse or call 324-4929.

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