Director’s Screening of America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Location: Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, North Carolina
America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age tells the story of the painting, sculpture, music, and literature of America’s renaissance—the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910.
Using more than ninety paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptural works by such important American artists as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits.
The film includes the only known footage of Mark Twain, taken in 1909.
Maglaras, hailed as a “virtuoso filmmaker,” will speak following the film, joined by producer Terri Templeton and Wake Forest University art historian David Lubin, whose scholarly insights feature prominently throughout the film.
A review in Artes Magazine claimed “this film is a tour de force, offering a comprehensive, multi-layered glimpse into many moving parts of an historical period…skillfully showing us what we as Americans were capable of becoming.”