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Still from Amei Wallach’s Taking Venice (2023) courtesy Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber. Transporting Robert Rauschenberg’s Express at the XXXII International Biennale of Art Exhibition, Venice, 1964. Photo Ugo Mulas ©Ugo Mulas Heirs.

Taking Venice

Art Films and Special Screenings

  • Saturday, July 6, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Join us for a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Amei Wallach, in person.

The Venice Biennale of Art is the oldest and one of the largest international contemporary art exhibitions in the world. Inaugurated in 1895, the “Olympics of Art” now brings together 75 nations to compete for top prizes for artists and exhibitions. 2024 marks 60 years since Robert Rauschenberg became the first American to win the Biennale’s Grand Prize, the International Prize in Painting. Taking Venice by Amei Wallach dives into the politics surrounding the win during the height of the Cold War. The film features pillars of the American art world in the 1960s, including Washington-based Alice Denney, art dealer Leo Castelli, and Rauschenberg himself. (Amei Wallach, 2023, DCP, 98 minutes)

Part of the ongoing Art Films and Special Screenings series

The end time for this event is estimated. End times may vary with post-screening discussion, audience Q&A, or other factors. All film events finish by 5:00 p.m.