Michael Blackwood Productions

Broadway Express, Isamu Noguchi, Sol LeWitt: 4 Decades

Artists on Camera

Palazzo Collicola

Friday 24 June H 21:30

Free entry

h. 9:30 PM


Broadway Express


(19 min.)


Shot in 1959, Blackwood’s first film Broadway Express is a portrait of New York City’s diverse population, as captured in the city’s subways during the evening rush hour and late at night. The film is a portrait of the city through the faces of the passengers held captive for the ride.

h. 9:50 PM


Isamu Noguchi


(30 min.)


An intimate portrait of the influential artist Isamu Noguchi and his lifelong involvement with sculpture, Japanese gardens, theatre and furniture making. Parts of the film are shot in Spoleto with Noguchi’s lifelong friend Buckminster Fuller. Noguchi’s sculpture ‘Octetra’, created for the 1968 edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi, is today sited in the courtyard of the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive. The artist’s career spanned six decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s. The film presents Noguchi at the height of his artistic achievement; he is shown at work on new projects, visiting important finished works, and explaining his progress from the days of his apprenticeship to Brancusi. While explaining how Michelangelo was told to collect his marble from Monte Altissimo di Nago, Noguchi dwells on the importance of recognizing the relationship between nature, art and technology.

h. 10:20 PM


Sol LeWitt: 4 Decades


(58 min.)


Sol LeWitt never liked the idea of being filmed or photographed. He always felt he was best represented by his work. After twenty years of urging him to make an exception, he finally consented, on the occasion of a major retrospective exhibition. Blackwood kept it simple: a walk-through of the exhibition with the artist and its curator Gary Garrels, discussing the work on view. It was taped in Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the midway stop of the show on its way from San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art to New York’s Whitney Museum. Garrels spent three years on the creation of this exhibition, in close cooperation with LeWitt. He leads the artist through the key works he produced over four decades, from the 1960s to 2000. The large number of spectacular wall drawings, for which LeWitt is especially recognized, are the highlight of the exhibition.


Subtitles in Italian

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presented by the Mahler & LeWitt Studios
supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

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