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Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King

  • National Academy of Design 5 East 89th Street New York, NY, 10128 United States (map)

Friday, October 19
Film Screening | 7:00 pm

Q + A with Elizabeth King, NA and Olympia Stone | 8:00 pm

Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King engages the viewer in the work of sculptor and stop-action filmmaker Elizabeth King, NA who embarks on each new project by posing a single question to herself: “Can this be physically done?” Tracing King’s creative flow, curiosity and obsessive drive to solve the inevitable series of artistic and technical problems that arise in creating her disconcerting sculptures and animations, this documentary film explores King’s passion about the mind/body riddle, the science of emotion, the human/machine interface, and those things a robot will never be able to do.  From studio to exhibition, and in conversations with fellow artists, curators and critics, the film asks what looking at and seeing one another means in an increasingly mediated world.

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Elizabeth King, NA combines figurative sculpture with stop-frame animation in works that blur the boundary between actual and virtual object. Her most recent solo show "Radical Small" at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) was on view from February 2017 through January 2018. Her work is represented by Danese/Corey in New York. Awards include a 2014 Anonymous Was a Woman Award, a 2006 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 1996-97 Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, now the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Design in November, 2017. She is a Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University where she taught from 1985 to 2015 in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media.

Olympia Stone Biography

Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone is an independent producer of documentary films about art and artists. Her production company, Floating Stone Productions, is based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her films probe the motivations and personal histories of unique and often little known artists as a way of providing intimate insight into their work. Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King is Olympia’s fourth feature length documentary. Her short film, The Original Richard McMahan, premiered at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in January 2017 and won the Florida Favorite Award. It was screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival among others. In April 2015, her documentary Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC and has been shown nationally and internationally. Curious Worlds aired on PBS in the fall of 2016. Olympia’s previous film, about the artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini (2012), was broadcast nationwide on PBS. It won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013, and was an official selection at 18 other festivals. Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007) chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit. Before founding Floating Stone Productions, Olympia was a TV and radio producer, working for the Discovery Channel, A&E Networks, ABC News Productions and NPR, among others.

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Earlier Event: October 11
Eric Aho, NA: Guide