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More Art Upstairs

March 30 at 1:00
East Building Auditorium

Jody Hassett Sanchez in person  

For three weeks in September, beer-fueled debates in the bars of Grand Rapids, Michigan, are focused on art, not politics or sports. Thousands arrive for ArtPrize, a competition and fair that allows ordinary people to engage with blue-chip artists in ways that rarely happen at more established venues like Art Basel. More Art Upstairs follows five artists exhibiting work in this unusual populist experiment. The public gets to vote, via their phones, on the art that should qualify to win half the prize money — the largest monetary award in the art world. What attracts the artists, in turn, is the chance to prevail in a public vote and gain exposure to some of the country’s top critics, who award the other half of the prize. Part game show, part riveting art exploration, More Art Upstairs grapples with the democratization of culture, artists’ need (or not) to connect with their audiences, and the fading of the canonical art establishment. (Jody Hassett Sanchez, 2017, 77 minutes)

courtesy Jody Hassett Sanchez

Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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