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December 2010 Film Calendar

Block Cinema to screen documentary about preservation of Russian avant-garde art

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November 8, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Art on Screen series, “The Desert of Forbidden Art,” 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 .

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Art on Screen -- a series of documentaries about 20th century American and international art -- concludes in December with a film about the preservation of banned art in the Soviet Union on Dec. 3.

The film will be screened in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum.

Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 for the general public or $4 with Block Museum membership, Northwestern WildCARD and students with IDs. Season passes are $20. Tickets are available 30 minutes before show time. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.

DECEMBER 2010 FILM

Art on Screen series, “The Desert of Forbidden Art,” 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 (Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev, 2010, United States, Russia and Uzbekistan, video, 80 minutes). After flourishing briefly in the 1920s, modern and avant-garde artists found their visions unwelcome as the Soviet Union embraced, above all else, the aesthetics and propaganda of socialist realism. In defiance of rigid censorship policies, painter, archeologist and art collector Igor Savitsky opened the Nukus Museum in a remote part of Uzbekistan. Officially a showcase for regional folk art, the Nukus became a secret haven for purged and endangered modernist works. The museum now boasts the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art in the world. 

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