Maria Mijares




Film Reports

Film Reports

Art In New York-Art 226 001

Instructor: Eugenio Espinosa

Extra Credit Written Report on a Film about a contemporary artist. This is due in hard copy (paper) on or before 1 pm Friday May 13 in my mailbox at the CAC building first floor.


Procedure: A typed report at least 2 pages long. Choose film from list below (other side ).

Basic info: Director, date, type of film, i.e.. is it a documentary or a fiction? Or a combination of both?

 a)Give a thorough description of film

 b) Explain how the film relates to concepts and /or artists we have discussed in class

 c)How has this film specifically increased your understanding of the particular artist, of art, or of the creative process?

 d)How does this film function as an art work in itself?


References: Do not plagiarize. As in any paper, provide citations if you quote or paraphrase.









List of films for Written Reports:

If you cannot access Netflix or a local library you can also select films about artists from the following websites-check in with me to make sure it’s appropriate to the course (it has to be about a contemporary artist):


Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, 2010


Herb and Dorothy, 2008- A film about art collectors


The Cool School, 2008


Waste Land, 2010- Great film of Vik Muniz’s work


How to Draw a Bunny,2002


Painters Painting, 1973 

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film , 2010,is a film by street artist Banksy

Guest Of Cindy Sherman, 2008 ,Paul Hasegawa-Overacker

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision is a 1994 documentary film made by Freida Lee Mock about the life of American artist Maya Lin, whose best-known work is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.The film won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1]

The Gates, a film by By Antonio Ferrera, Albert and David Maysles. 2007. Maysles Films. 93 minutes. [The film won the Peabody Award in 2008.]           

Rivers and Tides, 2001, Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his “earthworks” and occasionally responds to off screen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy’s creations are intentionally mutable works.

CHRISTO’S VALLEY CURTAIN a film by the Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Ellen Hovde1974, 28 minutes

RUNNING FENCE a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin1978, 58 minutes

ISLANDS a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin1986, 57 minutes

CHRISTO IN PARIS a film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke, 1990, 58 minutes


Hamilton, Sherman, Smith

About Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton was born in 1956 in Lima, Ohio. She trained in textile design at the University of Kansas, and later received an MFA from Yale University. While her degree is in sculpture, textiles and fabric have continued to be an important part of her work, which includes installations, photographs, videos, performances, and objects. For example, following graduation she made “Toothpick Suit”—for which she layered thousands of toothpicks in porcupine fashion along a suit of clothes—that she then wore and photographed. Hamilton’s sensual installations often combine evocative soundtracks with cloth, filmed footage, organic material, and objects such as tables. She is as interested in verbal and written language as she is in the visual, and sees the two as related and interchangeable. In recent work, she has experimented with exchanging one sense organ for another: the mouth and fingers, for example, become like an eye, with the addition of miniature pinhole cameras. In 1993, she won a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. As the 1999 American representative at the Venice Biennale, she addressed topics of slavery and oppression in American society, with an installation that used walls embossed with Braille, which caught a dazzling red powder as it slid down from above, literally making language visible. After teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1985 to 1991, Hamilton returned to Ohio, where she lives and works.

Ann Hamilton’s website
Ann Hamilton on the Art21 Blog

____________________Cindy Sherman

About Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Sherman earned a BA from Buffalo State College, State University of New York (1976). In self-reflexive photographs and films, Cindy Sherman invents myriad guises, metamorphosing from Hollywood starlet to clown to society matron. Often with the simplest of means—a camera, a wig, makeup, an outfit—Sherman fashions ambiguous but memorable characters that suggest complex lives that exist outside of the frame. Leaving her works untitled, Sherman refuses to impose descriptive language on her images—relying instead on the viewer’s ability to develop narratives, as an essential component of appreciating the work. While rarely revealing her private intentions, Sherman’s investigations have a compelling relationship to public images, from kitsch (film stills and centerfolds) to art history (Old Masters and Surrealism) to green-screen technology and the latest advances in digital photography. Sherman’s exhaustive study of portraiture and self-portraiture—often a playful mixture of camp and horror, heightened by gritty realism—provides a new lens through which to examine societal assumptions surrounding gender and the valuation of concept over style. Among her awards are the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts (2005); American Academy of Arts and Sciences Award (2003); National Arts Award (2001); a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award (1995); and others. Her work has appeared in major exhibitions at Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2009); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2006); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1997); among others. Sherman has participated in many international events, including SITE Santa Fe (2004); the Venice Biennale (1982, 1995); and five Whitney Biennial exhibitions. Cindy Sherman lives and works in New York.

Metro Pictures, New York
Gagosian Gallery
Cindy Sherman on the Art21 Blog


Kiki Smith:

Home » Artists » Kiki Smith

About Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith was born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Germany. The daughter of American sculptor Tony Smith, Kiki Smith grew up in New Jersey. As a young girl, one of Smith’s first experiences with art was helping her father make cardboard models for his geometric sculptures. This training in formalist systems, combined with her upbringing in the Catholic Church, would later resurface in Smith’s evocative sculptures, drawings, and prints. The recurrent subject matter in Smith’s work has been the body as a receptacle for knowledge, belief, and storytelling. In the 1980s, Smith literally turned the figurative tradition in sculpture inside out, creating objects and drawings based on organs, cellular forms, and the human nervous system. This body of work evolved to incorporate animals, domestic objects, and narrative tropes from classical mythology and folk tales. Life, death, and resurrection are thematic signposts in many of Smith’s installations and sculptures. In several of her pieces, including “Lying with the Wolf, Wearing the Skin,” and “Rapture,” Smith takes as her inspiration the life of St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. Portrayed communing with a wolf, taking shelter with its pelt, and being born from its womb, Smith’s character of Genevieve embodies the complex, symbolic relationships between humans and animals. Smith received the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, the fiftieth Edward MacDowell Medal from the MacDowell Colony in 2009, and has participated in the Whitney Biennial three times in the past decade. In 2005, Smith was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Smith’s work is in numerous prominent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Smith lives and works in New York City.

The Pace Gallery, New York
Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
Kiki Smith on the Art21 Blog

About this video

“Basically, I think art is just a way to think,” remarks Kiki Smith, “it’s like standing in the wind and letting it pull you in whatever direction it wants to go.” Adept in bronze, wax, textiles, and printmaking, the segment follows Smith on a journey through a diversity of narrative subjects including witches, saints, death, animals, family members, domestic objects, and dolls. Smith explains her relationship to meaning in her work: “I’d rather make something that’s very open-ended that can have a meaning to me, but then it also can have a meaning to somebody else who can fill it up with their meaning.”