Eva Hesse


Philadelphia Encore Screening
Wednesday, November 9
 5:00 PM
National Museum of American Jewish History

Director: Marcie Begleiter
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Germany and USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 108 min
Language: English

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From escaping Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport at the age of three and reuniting with her family only to lose her mother to suicide at age 10, to her notable influence on the downtown New York art scene as a young artist in the 1960s, Eva Hesse’s world had been nothing short of extraordinary. The brilliant and beautiful painter-turned-sculptor created dynamic works of art informed by abstract expressionism, minimalism, and commercial design practices.

Incorporating industrial and every-day materials like rubber, wire, latex, and fiberglass into her sculptures, Eva redefined her medium and left an enduring mark on the art world. Though her career thrived, Eva still struggled with relationship issues and the double standards imposed on female artists in the art world. All too soon, Eva’s health began to deteriorate, and she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Based on Eva’s personal diaries, which she kept religiously until her death at 34, this poetic and evocative film illuminates why Eva is celebrated as one of the most important and influential artists of the twentieth century.

Guest Speakers: Ivy Barsky (Moderator), CEO and Director of National Museum of American Jewish History; Helen Charash, Sister of Eva Hesse

Sponsor: National Museum of American Jewish History

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Awards and Honors: Official Selection of Docaviv, Munich Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival

Subjects: Abstract Expressionism, art, art history, Eva Hesse, minimalism, painting, New York art scene, sculpture

For Fans Of: Art documentaries, art history, biopics, Eva Hesse, Feminism, painting, sculpture, New York City

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