Aggie: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

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Directed by Catherine Gund

Streaming begins on Friday, October 9


“A celebration of an extraordinary woman, and a call to arms for the viewer to think about how they too can enact change.”—Orla Smith, Seventh Row

This compelling documentary explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change.

Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” For $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration.

The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way. With Julie Mehretu, Glenn Ligon, John Waters, and Ava DuVernay. 2020, U.S., 95 minutes. Recommended for 13+.

Join us for a socially-distanced screening of Aggie, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A hosted by Curator of Film Dean Otto.
October 30, 2020 at 7 pm