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Modern Art in Technicolor: Art, Film, and American Identity

Morris Louis, Blue Veil, c. 1958. Acrylic resin paint on canvas.
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell and Gifts for Special Uses Fund, 1965.28. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Focusing on postwar American art and film, this series examines the formation of national identity. Each screening pairs a work from the museums’ modern and contemporary art collection with a film that speaks to its concerns. As in any dialogue, the conversation goes both ways: as the chosen artworks reveal hidden complexities in apparently simple films, the selected films use narrative to tease out and make apparent the aesthetic and social ambitions of art. The series is programmed by Harmon Siegel, a Ph.D. student in the History of Art and Architecture program at Harvard.

Today’s film:
Otto Preminger
Bonjour Tristesse, 1958 (94 min.; color)

Following the screening, view Morris Louis’s Blue Veil (in Gallery 1110, on Level 1).

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

Free with museums admission

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.