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Monday, October 30, 2017

During the month of November, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present a film series focusing on 20th-century American artists in Paris in conjunction with the exhibition “Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris” and Spotlight on the Arts 2017. Louise Blair Daura was an American artist who lived and worked in Paris during the late 1920s, and this is the first exhibition to focus solely on her work.

The three films will screen every other Thursday at 7 p.m. starting on November 2. The films will be shown in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, with each film being introduced by a guest speaker and closed with a short conversation. All films are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the University of Georgia Parent Leadership Council.

The musical “An American in Paris” will screen November 2. It presents the story of an American expatriate painter in postwar Paris (Gene Kelly). Struggling to find success in both art and love, he meets and falls in love with Lise (Leslie Caron), who turns his life upside down. This Academy Award winning musical was directed by Vincente Minnelli and features songs and a score by George Gershwin. (NR, 113 min.)

The film “The Moderns” will screen November 16 and focuses on Nick Hart, a struggling American artist in the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local cafés until he becomes involved in a forgery plot with wealthy art patroness Nathalie de Ville. It stars Keith Carradine and Geraldine Chaplin and was directed by Alan Rudolph. (R, 126 min.)

The documentary “Paris Was a Woman” will screen on November 30. It focuses on female artists, writers, photographers, designers and adventurers in Paris between the wars. They embraced France and cherished a way of life different than the one they left behind. This documentary interviews Berenice Abbott, Djuna Barnes, Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Colette, Janet Flanner, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. (NR, 75 min.)


Writer: Stephanie Motter,
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078,

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 or call 706-542-4662.

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