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Georgia Museum of Art to show free Italian film series

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This fall, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has organized a film series focusing on Italians and design in conjunction with the exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design” (on view through September 17). Giò Ponti (1891–1979) is widely recognized as the father of modern Italian design. He created architecture, furniture, decorative art and industrial products, as well as participating in international design exhibitions and contributing to design magazines, all of which spread his influence far and wide.

The four films will screen on consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. Each film will open with a 15-minute introduction by a guest speaker and close with a short conversation. All films are free and open to the public.

The documentary “Amare Gio Ponti” will screen on August 24 and presents a picture of the man, the architect, aspiring painter and Italian designer who tried it all — from the design of a door handle to the formulation of a town plan. (2015, NR. 34 min.)

The 1954 classic “La Strada,” by director Federico Fellini, will screen on August 31. Set in a seedy travelling carnival, this symbolism-laden drama was the winner of the first official Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. It stars Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn. (NR. 108 min.)

“Design Is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli” will screen on September 7. Through their firm Vignelli Associates, the couple’s wide-ranging work included housewares and furniture design, logos, signage and the iconic 1972 New York City Subway map. (2013, NR. 86 min.)

The series will close with a screening of “La Dolce Vita” on September 14. One of Federico Fellini’s most celebrated films, the drama presents a series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. It stars Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. (1960, NR. 180 min.)

The Italians and Design film series is generously sponsored by the UGA Parents Leadership Council.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, university of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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