Society & Culture

Georgia Museum of Art presents three-film series featuring artists’ biographies

Athens, Ga. – A three-film series featuring artists whose works are on display at the Georgia Museum of Art will be held Thursdays, July 14, 21 and 28 in the GMOA M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. The three featured artists include Pierre Daura, Thornton Dial and Marsden Hartley, all of whom have work in the permanent collection at the GMOA. Sponsored by the UGA Parents and Families Association, the films are free and open to the public.

The following information details each film.

Pierre Daura

Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Pierre Daura (1896-1976) divided his life between Catalonia, France and the United States. His art -at times abstract, more often figurative-reflects and is enriched by the joys and sorrows of a life of active engagement in historic events of his century. Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, will introduce this documentary film by Agnes de Sacy (28 minutes, not rated).

Mr. Dial Has Something to Say

Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m.

Thornton Dial (b. 1928) is a self-taught artist who only began seriously making art after his retirement, constructing figurative sculptures; he then branched out to painting and mixed-media assemblages. It wasn’t very long before the art world discovered him, showing his “things” at galleries and museums, including the New Museum in New York and the Whitney Biennial. His art functions like folk tales, combining African and American traditions to tell stories that are at once personal, political and spiritual. Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, will introduce the film (60 minutes, not rated).

Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet

Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m.

Using more than 60 of Marsden Hartley’s paintings and drawings, as well as many photographs from collections around the world, director Michael Maglaras traces Hartley’s life and work from its earliest beginnings in Lewiston, Maine, through his travels in Europe and the United States, and ends with his secluded life in a remote Maine fishing village. Special guest Maglaras will speak about the film, and Paul Manoguerra, GMOA’s chief curator and curator of American art, will introduce it (65 minutes, not rated).

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Museum Information

Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the Arch Foundation and the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).