Art à la Carte is a series of informative programs focusing on the arts. It is offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 12:15p. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or pick up something from The Palette
. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. All programs are held in the FIA's Isabel Hall.
Finding Your Roots: New Orleans Jazz • February 1
Join Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on his quest to “get into the DNA of American culture” in Finding Your Roots. Today’s program focuses on New Orleans jazz masters and close friends Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, whose European immigrant ancestors made very different choices in the slave-era South. 60 min.
Finding Your Roots: In Search of Our Fathers •
Professor Henry Louis Gates explores the paternal ancestry of author Stephen King and actors Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance. 60 min.
Finding Your Roots: The Stories We Tell •
Professor Henry Louis Gates explores the mysteries buried in the family stories of his guests, political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell, and artist Kara Walker, using records left behind and DNA. 60 min.
Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions •
Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip-hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations. 60 min.
Women: The Sculpture Diaries
The feminine form has inspired artists for thousands of years—but have the results done justice or injustice to women? What specifically does the history of sculpture tell us about attitudes toward womanhood and ideas of feminine beauty? 49 min.
Expressing the Inexpressible: Shirin Neshat
An acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, Iranian-born Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world, and explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women’s experiences. 42 min.
March 15 - double feature
Faith Ringgold: Paints Crown Heights
Through folktales and painting, this documentary shows how 12 diverse cultures have contributed to the American spirit. 28 min.
Howardena Pindell: Atomizing Art
A passionate artist and social critic marries beauty with ugliness, right with wrong, justice with injustice. 28 min.
March 22 - double feature
Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth
This program focuses on Elizabeth Catlett, an artist who sculpts the truth from wood, stone, and terracotta. 28 min.
Emma Amos: Action Lines
A dramatic palette includes materials such as photos, Emma Amos’ own weaving, and African cloth to help portray her feelings and fears. 28 min.
March 29 - double feature
Women in Allegory: Gender & Sculpture in Two Cities
From the Arc de Triomphe in France to the Lakshmana Temple in India, symbol-laden sculptural images of women abound. This program skillfully deconstructs the politically charged monuments from post-Revolutionary Paris and the ornamental temple sculptures from 11th century Khajuraho while contrasting the allegorical meanings ascribed by Western and Eastern cultures. 30 min.
Picturing Genders: Male & Female Views of Women in Art
This documentary looks at women as artists, as subjects of paintings by both male and female artists, and the roles of, and discrimination against, women artists historically. 31 min.
Adventure of Photo-graphy: Portraitists/Nudes
A look at how photography has captured the image of the collective conscience over one and a half centuries. 60 min.
Finding Vivian Maier
Who was Vivian Maier? A mysterious and private woman who worked as a nanny for 40 years? Or was she the 20th century’s greatest street photographer? The answer is simple: she was both. 83 min.
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Discover the remarkable life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero (1917–2012), a Mexican American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary international photography career. 60 min.
Disfarmer: A Portrait of America
In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, a portrait photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America during the two World Wars and the Great Depression. 52 min.