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Film and Media Screening Series: ‘My Art,’ with Laurie Simmons
March 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Film and Media Screening Series will present My Art (2016) with director Laurie Simmons; she will participate in a Q&A after the film.
My Art tells the tale of the frustrated New York City artist Ellie, who hopes to find inspiration as she house-sits for a friend in upstate New York. She turns the adjoining barn into her workplace, staging elaborate recreations of classic movie scenes, ranging from Some Like It Hot to A Clockwork Orange. Business unexpectedly evolves into pleasure when Ellie invites three local men to participate in her art. The film puts a devastatingly funny lens on such subjects as success, ageism, loneliness, dating, collaboration, and ruthlessness.
Laurie Simmons is an acclaimed photographer, known for her intricately staged domestic scenes with dolls, costumed dancers, and ventriloquist dummies, who also makes moving image art, including 2006’s Meryl Streep–led The Music of Regret. Her work blends psychological, political, and conceptual approaches to art making, transforming photography’s propensity to objectify people (especially women) into a sustained critique of the medium. In My Art, she takes cues from her daughter [and co-star] Lena Dunham’s brand of acerbic wit and acutely feminist point of view for this comedy of self-realization. Featuring Parker Posey, Barbara Sukowa, and Broadway legend Blair Brown, My Art is ultimately Simmons’s show, repurposing familiar romantic comedy tropes with an endearing female protagonist.
The Film and Media Screening Series is supported by the School of Liberal Arts, and the departments of Film, Media and Performing Arts, English and Communication Studies, and Modern Languages and Cultures.
All Film and Media Screening Series films are free and open to the public.