Parrish Art: Screening of ‘Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray’, January 19, 6 PM




Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray film poster  

On Friday, January 19, at 6pm, the Parrish Art Museum is screening Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray (2016, NR, 60 minutes), an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist, whose work is in the Parrish collection.  The film will be introduced by Sophie Ellsberg—actress, director, and daughter of the artist. Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. It includes verité footage, home videos, and excerpts from her journals read by Meryl Streep that tell of Murray’s internal struggles and ambition. Exclusive interviews with art world luminaries provide the historical backdrop for the New York art scene. 

“I am very excited to screen this timely portrait of a hugely influential artist who inspired other women artists to follow their dreams and ambitions,” said Corinne Erni, Curator of Special Projects.

Murray’s work blurs the distinction between abstraction and representation, and her shaped canvases and multipart supports challenge traditional conventions of painting. She transformed modernist abstraction by redefining the sculptural dimensions of the medium and exploring layered planes of canvas. Using bold colors and biomorphic forms, figures, and everyday objects, she made feminist statements about domestic life that often bordered on political critique. Murray introduced a dynamic sense of movement to her imagery.Jutting out from the wall and sculptural in form, her work blurs the line between the painting as an object and as a space for depicting objects. In her obituary, The New York Times wrote that Murray “reshaped Modernist abstraction into a high-spirited, cartoon-based, language of form …”


About the Filmmaker 

Kristi Zea has been acclaimed for her three decades of work in the contemporary film scene work as a production designer, costume designer, and producer of major features. Production design credits include the Academy Award winning films Goodfellas, The Departed, Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs, and others. Costume design credits include Fameand Terms of Endearment. Zea was nominated for an OSCAR and a BAFTA for her production design work on Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture as a producer on As Good As It Gets.


About the Artist 

Elizabeth Murray (American, 1940–2007) earned a BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her work has been the subject of over eighty solo exhibitions worldwide and is held in over sixty public collections in the United States, including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Elizabeth Murray lived and worked in New York.Murray was the recipient of numerous academic and institutional honors, including an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (1984), to which she was elected as a member in 1992. She was awarded the Skowhegan Medal for Painting, New York (1986), and was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1999).


Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray

Film screening and introduction by Sophie Ellsberg

2016, NR, 60 minutes Directed by Kristi Zea

Narrated by Meryl Streep,

Friday, January 19, 6:00pm

Parrish Art Museum

$20 | $5 for Members and Students

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, Bridgehampton National Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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