- On Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m., the Watermill Center
will present a special screening of "Max Bill: The Master's Vision," Erich Schmid's
celebrated documentary about probably the most important Swiss artist of the 20th century. The screening will be introduced by Cooper Union's Dr. Marek Bartelik
and followed by a Q&A session and short reception. Immediately beforehand, at 6:45 p.m., Watermill Center Artists-in-Residence Sarah Ortmeyer
and Alexis Kunsak
will read briefly from their work-in-progress, "Kant Elegant."
Admission is free, RSVP required, and for reservations go to maxbillfilm.eventbrite.com.
"Max Bill: The Master's Vision" moves between the dynamic fields of art,
aesthetics and politics. Bill was the most famous student to come out of the legendary Bauhaus in Dessau. He was an ardent anti-fascist, even before Nazism, creating graphic design for a number of anti-fascist publications. Throughout his life, his avant-garde work as an artist, sculptor, architect and typographer were characterized by social responsibility and environmental awareness, and so he remains particularly relevant today. For more information on the film, to to www.maxbillfilm.ch.
In his introduction to the film, Dr. Marek Bartelik will discuss the life and art of Max Bill in the context of the Swiss artist's role in spreading the ideas of modernism, particularly those related to art and science. Dr. Bartelik teaches modern and contemporary art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He has also taught art theory
and MIT. He has published articles on such artists as Cai Guo Qiang, Ilya Kabakov, Orlan, and Francisco Vezzoli and regularly contributes to Artforum
. He is the Co-President of AICA-USA and Vice-President of AICA International. Dr. Bartelik is also a poet. His volume of poetry in English, "East Sixth Street," was released in Brazil in 2007.
This screening of "Max Bill: The Master's Vision" is made possible by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York. Catherine Scharf
, the Consulate's Head of Cultural Affairs, shared her enthusiasm about the event:
"It is particularly meaningful for the Swiss director Erich Schmid to have
his film shown at the Watermill Center because Watermill's founder, Robert
, knew Max Bill personally and visited him in his atelier in Zurich.
After Max Bill's death, Wilson continued the friendship with the artist's widow, Angela Thomas
, who later married Erich Schmid."
For more information on The Watermill Center, contact Blake Zidell at
Blake Zidell & Associates, 718-643-9052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.