Fall and Winter 2009-2010 Events featuring Alice Guy Blaché

A major film Retrospective and other events featuring the work of Alice Guy Blaché, will be held from September 2009 through January 2010 in venues such as The Whitney Museum of Art, MOMA, the Brooklyn Fine Arts Museum and other venues.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 8 pm
Alice Guy Blaché Film Score Project: A Whitney Live Commission in Partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 1:30 p.m.,  Thursday, October 1, 2009, 1:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 2, 2009  1:30 pm:
MoMA NY screening of Alice Guy's La Vie du Christ  (1906) on a program that also includes Ferdinand Zecca's La Vie et la passion de Jésus Christ (1902). h

Saturday, October 10, 2009, in Show Low, Arizona: Adrienne and her husband Bob Channing have organized a free screening of the documentary The Lost Garden: The Life and Times of Alice Guy Blaché, (1995, NFB, directed by Marquise Lepage).  The screening will be preceeded by music by Steve Taylor and the Mountain Saddle Band and a talk on Alice Guy's life and her Western films byaAlison McMahan. 2-4 pm, Symposium- Ponderosa Center on the Northland Pioneer College in Show Low, Arizona. Organized in cooperation with Northland Pioneer College and the Arts Alliance of the White Mountains.

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7pm:
Book launch,  of catalog for the Whitney Retrospective “Alice Guy Blaché, Film Pioneer”  with catalogue contributors in conversation, at 192 Books, New York.  Address: 192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street, New York.
Friday, November 6, 2009, 8: 30 am.
Breakfast at the Whitney Museum to honor funders, catalogue contributors, lenders, archivists, and other special guests,  followed by a screening of selected films

Friday, November 6, 2009 (1 pm-9 pm):  1 pm:
Exhibition opens to public in the Whitney’s second-floor Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery.

The Whitney Museum is located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York City. Museum hours are: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, Friday from 1 pm to 9 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. General admission: $18. Full-time students and visitors ages 19–25 and 62 & over: $12. Visitors 18 & under and Whitney members: FREE. Admission to the Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery only: $6. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm. For general information, please call (212) 570-3600 or visit  whitney.org.
Saturday, November 14, 2009, 9:30 am-5 pm:
“Woman with a Movie Camera: Alice Guy Blaché Symposium,” co-sponsored by the Whitney’s Education Department and the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. At the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center, New York University, 36 East 8th Street, New York. Buy tickets here.

Friday, December 4, 2009, at 7 pm:
“Film Evening Honoring the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) of New York Women in Film and Television.” A special screening of four of Guy Blaché’s Solax films (Mixed Pets, 1911; A Fool and His Money, 1912; A House Divided, 1913; and Matrimony’s Speed Limit, 1913), restored by the WFPF, New York Women in Film and Television. At the Whitney Museum of American Art. Drake Stutesman (editor, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media) will introduce the evening, and the screening will be followed by a conversation with Diana Little (preservationist, Cineric) and Mona Jimenez (cinema studies professor and associate director of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program).

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 5:30-6:30 pm:  
Special Screening of Alice Guy’s La Vie du Christ (1906) at the Brooklyn Museum. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition James Tissot: The Life of Christ (October 23, 2009-January 2010), organized by Judith F. Dolkart and made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Alice Guy based the twenty-five sets and costumes for her silent film epic La Vie du Christ (The Life of Christ) on illustrations from Tissot’s watercolors published as the so-called Tissot Bible, a turn-of-the-century bestseller in England, France, and the US. The Brooklyn Museum exhibition includes 124 selected from the complete set of 350, as well as a copy of the Tissot Bible.

The original watercolors were a pivotal acquisition of the Brooklyn Museum in 1900, the year Alice Guy herself acquired a copy in Paris. This screening, a partnership between the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum, affords visitors a chance to compare the mediums of painting (and its translation into printed images) and film as related narrative forms. Following the screening will be a discussion comparing and contrasting the points of view  of filmmaker and painter, led by Judith F. Dolkart, Associate Curator, European Art, Brooklyn Museum, and curator of the Tissot exhibition; Catherine Morris, Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; Joan Simon, Whitney Museum curator-at-large,  organizer of the Alice Guy Blaché exhibition. For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org. Presented as Part of Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. By subway:  2/3 train to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station