Furman Gallery

The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery is located in the Walter Reade Theater at 165 West 65th Street, plaza level, between Broadway and Amsterdam. The gallery hosts receptions, exhibits and other events related to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival.

Exhibits:

Rendez-Vous: 20x24 Polaroid Portraits
March 6 – 31

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the festival, the Film Society and the 20x24 Project have partnered to host an exhibit in the Furman Gallery, which will consist of influential French filmmakers and talent captured over the course of the last four years at the Film Society. The exhibit will include such notables as Olivier Assayas, agnès b., Isaach De Bankolé, Juliette Binoche, Bertrand Bonello, Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Jean Dujardin, Isabelle Huppert, François Ozon, Abderrahmane Sissako, and many more. Photographer Myrna Suarez has been the primary portraitist with occasional guest appearances by Chuck Close and Elsa Dorfman.  These images grace the walls of the Elinor Bunin Munroe and Walter Reade theaters year-round, and the collection continues to grow.

Walerian Borowczyk— Posters and Lithography
April 2 – 9

Prior to establishing himself as a filmmaker, Walerian Borowczyk (1923 – 2006) was best known in Poland for his graphic work, which included satirical drawings, lithographic cycles and film posters. This exhibition presents a selection of Borowczyk’s work from this period and runs concurrently with our retrospective Obscure Pleasures: The Films of Walerian Borowczyk.

Born in Kwilcz, a village near Poznań in 1923, Borowczyk studied painting and sculpture at the Krakow Academy of Fine Art between 1946 and 1951. His emergence as a poster artist coincided with renaissance in Polish poster design. Freed from the constraints of socialist realism (socrealizm), Borowczyk and his peers developed a bold, sparse and witty approach towards image and text. Unlike Jan Lenica (with whom he would collaborate on a series of ground breaking short films at the end of the decade) Borowczyk did not develop a singular graphic style.

A keen amateur filmmaker since his youth, Borowczyk conceived of film posters as a medium related to film (particularly early cinema) in that both employ image and text as a means of expressing thoughts and feelings. Borowczyk articulated these thoughts in a commentary (co-written by the art historian Szymon Bojko) for a short documentary on posters directed by Konstanty Gordon, Street Art (Sztuka ulicy, 1957), which is featured as part of the exhibition. Not only do these prints offer a crucial insight into Borowczyk’s development both as a graphic artist and filmmaker, they also chart the changing landscape of Polish cultural life during the 1950s, from the darkest days of Stalinism through to the cultural renaissance during the early Gomułka years.

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