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Third Thursday

Culture Club: Tracing Outlines

05/21/2015 5:30–9 p.m.

CMOA Theater

General $15, CMP Member $10

Tracing Outlines (feature)

Online ticketing for this event is now closed. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

5:30–9 p.m.: Cash Bar Open
6:30–8:30 p.m.: Screening and Q&A
$15 ($10 CMP Members), includes one drink token

Open from 1941–1947 in downtown Pittsburgh, Outlines Gallery was one of the most cutting-edge art galleries, not only in Pittsburgh, but in the entire country. Tracing Outlines uncovers the untold history of this important venue. Join director Cayce Mell and producer Scott Sullivan for the first Pittsburgh screening of their groundbreaking documentary feature!

In 1941, 21-year-old Betty Rockwell established Outlines gallery in Pittsburgh. Throughout its six-year run, the gallery would sit squarely at the forefront of the avant-garde movement, showcasing exhibitions by then-emerging artists such as Alexander Calder, John Cage, Maya Deren, and Joseph Cornell. In 1941 alone, art passing through Outlines Gallery included works by Georges Braque, Marc Chagal, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Amendo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Rousseau.

Tracing Outlines follows Betty Rockwell's granddaughter and filmmaker, Cayce Mell, as she tracks down artists who exhibited at Outlines, and compiles the first-ever complete chronology of the six-year-long run of the gallery. Narrated by renowned street artist Swoon, and featuring interviews and commentary by artists including Philip Pearlstein, Saul Liter, and Jens Risom, and by Guggenheim Foundation Director Richard Armstrong, 2013 Carnegie International Curator Dan Byers, author and columnist Blake Gopnik, The Andy Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner, and Robert Manley of Christie's.

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