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"Art House": A Film Screening and Q&A with Don Freeman
Historical Society of Rockland County
New City, NY
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"Art House": A Film Screening and Q&A with Don Freeman

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to
Don Freeman's Art House
A Film Screening

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM SHARP
Where: History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE (reservations required)

In the documentary film Art House, the photographer and filmmaker Don Freeman explores the handmade homes created and lived in by eleven distinguished American artists, including George Nakashima, Henry Chapman Mercer, Wharton Esherick, Paolo Soleri, the Byrdclife Arts Colony, Frederic Church, Henry Varnum Poor, Russel Wright, Raoul Hague, and Eliphante.

The film reveals the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes, shedding light on a unique architectural typology characterized by a DIY (do-it-yourself) aesthetic, the appropriation of building techniques from art practice, and a fierce spirit of individual expression that deserves deeper examination in this age of architectural standardization.

The results range from the romantic (the Hudson River School painter Frederic Church's Olana, which frames views of the Catskills to echo his paintings) to the futuristic (the urbanist Paolo Soleri's silt-cast structure Cosanti, which grew out of experiments in bell making in the Arizona desert).

Commentary from the cultural critic Alastair Gordon and an original score help argue the case that the intuitive vision of artists can create great architecture.

Director's bio: Don Freeman is an American artist, filmmaker and photographer. He is the author, among other books, of Artists' Handmade Houses (2011), a celebration of homes built by artists for themselves, which evolved into the film Art House. His film work includes a music video for the Japanese recording artist Tomoyo Harada (2014), a series of color-trend videos for Sherwin-Williams (2013), and Tires, Velvet Paws (in postproduction), a short film based on Andre Breton's Nadja, shot on location in Paris. Art House is his first feature-length documentary film.

As a courtesy to our guest speaker, please arrive early to avoid interruptions. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:15 pm. Latecomers with reservations may forfeit their seats. Walk-ins will be admitted only if space permits.

Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956


The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.


Historical Society of Rockland County (View)
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956
United States



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