New Film from Director Michael Maglaras: America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2017-02-26 14:00 - 16:00

America Rising:  The Arts of the Gilded Age

“America Rising:  The Arts of the Gilded Age” tells the story of the paintings, the sculpture, the music  and the literature of America’s renaissance…the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910. Employing more than 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptural works, by such important America artists as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits. Included in this film is recently discovered film footage (the only known footage) of Mark Twain taken in 1909. Michael Maglaras has been hailed as a “virtuoso filmmaker” (Peggy Parsons, Director of Film, National Gallery of Art). You will not want to miss “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” exciting and enlightening look at America through the eyes of its most creative citizens.

In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, the film will be screened on March 12, 2017


217 Films is an independent film company devoted to the American artistic experience. In 2005, Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton released their first film “Cleophas and His Own” about the American painter Marsden Hartley's epic narrative of love and loss. Maglaras both directed and played the role of Hartley in this film. In 2008, they released a second film about Hartley called “Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” – the first-ever documentary on the life of Hartley. In 2010, with their film “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” they established, through the first full-length documentary on this important painter, that John Marin was one of the fathers of American Modernism. These films, among other distinctions, have been shown to acclaim at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2012, they released “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” In 2013, they released “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show.” Currently on tour is their latest film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrating the ways in which Franklin Roosevelt used the arts to raise the spirits of the American people during the Great Depression.

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