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What Inspires Artists - Jane South & Fritz Lang's Metropolis

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October 2, 2012

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Mid-Manhattan Library

FREE - 1st Floor Corner Room - Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for the inaugural event of the new series What Inspires Artists with a short discussion between artist Jane South and senior art librarian Arezoo Moseni. The screening of Fritz Lang's Metropolis immediately follows the discussion.

Metropolis, New Tower of Babel. A screenshot from the film Metropolis (1927). © Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-FoundationMetropolis, New Tower of Babel. A screenshot from the film Metropolis (1927). © Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation

 Stacks (work in progress), detail, 2012. Hand-cut and folded paper, ink, acrylic and wood. Courtesy of the artist and Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York.Shifting Structures: Stacks (work in progress), detail, 2012. Hand-cut and folded paper, ink, acrylic and wood. Courtesy of the artist and Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York.Directed by Fritz Lang in 1927 the film Metropolis is an expressionistic drama about authoritarianism and revolt in an industrialized metropolis of the 21st century.

"I first saw this film when I was studying theater set design in London and was struck by the seductive theatricality of the city-as-machine... I also love the way that the space in the film appears to be both two and three dimensional, simultaneously completely believable and totally false." Jane South 

Shifting Structures: Stacks, a massive site-specific installation created by Jane South during the months of August and September, can be seen before and after the screening in The Corner Room.

From the radiating colors of a meadow to fleeting vibrations of a spindle artists are influenced by many things including architecture, art, cinema, literature, science, and other fascinating human efforts and inventions. The new series What Inspires Artists, initiated by Arezoo Moseni and held in conjunction with Art in The Corner Room exhibition series at Mid-Manhattan Library, focuses on what inspires artists.

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