Last year’s ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM series is getting a sequel! Due to popular demand, this four-date film series has returned for a second year to UC Santa Barbara’s state-of-the-art Pollock Theater, where it will reveal the stories behind some of the most fascinating art, artists and architects of our time.
The series will continue this Sunday, April 28, with Andrew Shea’s Portrait of Wally. Tracing the history of Egon Schiele’s eponymous painting, which was seized from a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life before resurfacing at MoMA more than half a century later, Shea’s gripping documentary posits a rapturous picture of “Portrait of Wally.”
On May 5, filmgoers will gain insight into the creative process of Gerhard Richter, one of the world’s greatest and most innovative living painters. In Corinna Belz’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, the aptly named Gerhard Richter Painting, the artist mixes layer upon layer of bold colors, smears the paint with a massive squeegee and scrapes away at the canvas to create a sequence of large-scale abstract compositions.
Closing out the ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM series is Murray Grigor’s Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner. Screening on May 19, Infinite Space narrates visionary genius John Lautner’s mission to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.” In Grigor’s documentary, the renowned architectural filmmaker unpacks Lautner’s polarizing legacy and explores a number of his dramatic creations, including L.A.’s Chemosphere and Elrod House in Palm Springs.
For more information, or for tickets to each screening, visit the official website for UCSB Arts & Lectures. All films show at 3 p.m. and include post-screening receptions for ticketholders ages 21 and over.