Rhode Island Premiere: The Great Confusion - The 1913 Armory Show, a 217 Film

Sunday, May 11, 2014

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2014-05-11 14:00 - 16:00

The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show

With an introduction by Terri Templeton, Executive Producer of 217 Films and 217 Records.

From February 17 until March 15, 1913, thousands of Americans pushed their way through the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory on the east side of New York City while a battle was waging “for or against” Modern Art for the first time.

What they saw would annoy and infuriate some...and captivate, delight, and inspire many.

What resulted from these four weeks of mass exposure to European artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and the upstart Marcel Duchamp (with his “Nude Descending a Staircase”), as well as such Americans as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, changed how Americans came to understand their own times. By entering through the doors of an armory, they had entered through the doors of the Modern Era.  

PAINTING CREDIT: Albert Gleizes.  Man on a Balcony (Portrait of Dr. Morinaud), 1912.  Oil on canvas, 77 x 45 1/4 inches (195.6 x 114.9 cm).  The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.  © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

“The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features more than 60 works by American and European painters and sculptors and probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized. It provides fascinating glimpses into the backstage efforts of the American artists Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn as they worked tirelessly to bring a new art to a new American audience.

Stay for a Q & A with Terri Templeton following the screening.

Produced by 217 Films.  Written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras.  Executive Producer Terri Templeton.  2013.  NR.  90 Minutes.

About the Producer
Ms. Templeton has been performing professionally since the age of 16, as musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Lena Spenser, founder of the renowned Caffe Lena, offered Terri her first solo seat before an intimate concert audience, upstairs at the Caffe, where the likes of Bob Dylan, Patty Larkin, Sonny Matthews, Mississippi John Hurt and Tom Paxton had sat before her. Since that time, she has continued to develop a career characterized by a loyal and dedicated following among both fellow artists and fans who appreciate the poetry of her performances.

From 1997 to 2000, Terri was a regular performer with the Cincinnati-based, Virgin / Back Porch artists Over the Rhine, and can be heard on their Virgin / Back Porch recording "Films for Radio". She toured with Cowboy Junkies throughout their 1998 "Miles from Our Home" tour, and has performed as well with such artists as Atlanta-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Michelle Malone, multi-media artist and composer Jay Bolotin, and NYC experimental composer/bassist Chris Dahlgren. Terri appears on David Greenberger's 2001 Duplex Planet release "Ernie: Songs of Ernest Noyes Brookings" as a contributing songwriter and performer. Her song "Walk with Me" appears in the HBO and Cinemax feature film "Mixing Nia" by Spike Lee Award winner and NYC film director Alison Swan. Since 2001, she has released three solo CDs.

About the Director

Trained as an opera singer in the United States and Europe, Michael Maglaras has performed widely as a singer and opera director. He has also formed a well-respected international business consulting firm headquartered in Ashford, Connecticut.

In 2001, he started 217 Records, specializing in alternative rock, jazz, and spoken word recordings, including a complete recording of Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha."

He founded 217 Films in 2003 with a film about American painter Marsden Hartley. Since then, he completed the first ever documentary about Hartley as well as the first feature length documentary about painter John Marin. In 2012, he released a film about illustrator Lynd Ward, titled "O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward." His latest project is "The Great Confusion: Celebrating the 1913 Armory Show" which was released in September 2013.

Michael has been called a "film maker of nearly Bergman-like gravitas" (Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee). He is an avid gardener and chef and shares his personal and artistic life with his wife, Terri Templeton, who is executive producer of both 217 Records and 217 Films.

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