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Pre-screening Gallery Talk: Manifestos in Focus | October 8, 12pm | Martha and David Moore Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study, third floor, Eskenazi Museum of Art: Nan Brewer, the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, and Sarah Carter, Art, Architecture and Design Librarian at the Herman B Wells Library, will discuss the role of the manifesto in art movements and show texts from the fine arts collection paired with artworks by Wassily Kandinsky, Kurt Schwitters, Olga Rozanova, Wyndham Lewis, John Cage, Claes Oldenburg, and others from the museum’s holdings. Free, but registration required as space is limited. Register here.

Based on a thirteen-channel art gallery installation, this experimental film was shot over 12 days in and around Berlin. It features the award-winning actor Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles—from an unhoused man and a tattooed punk to a puppeteer and a news anchor—each reading excerpts from 12 manifestos of various political and artistic movements, including Communism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Suprematism, Fluxus, and Pop art. By placing the words in a contemporary context, the film breathes new life into old doctrines. Rather than being a didactic lecture, Blanchett’s remarkable chameleon-like performance combined with the film’s stunning cinematography and clever settings create an elaborate intellectual and artistic exercise that is witty, thought-provoking, and poignant. [95 min; drama; English]

"There is a hypnotic fascination to this work by artist and film-maker Julian Rosefeldt, one of the few commercial films that explores the boundaries between cinema and installation, or cinema and video art." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Occasionally obscure, but bold and abrasive. Never fails to command attention." – Mark Allison, Little White Lies

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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