Exhibition on Screen: Mary Cassatt: Painting the Modern Woman (2023)
Director: Ali Ray Run Time: 93 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023
Country: United Kingdom
An in-depth look at the world’s most extraordinary art exhibits and the motivation behind them, made possible through partnership with Gateway Film Center, the McConnell Arts Center, and Columbus Museum of Art.
About the film:
Mary Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, feminine and real, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art. Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often-overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as full of contradiction as the women she painted.
She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of images of mothers and children yet she never married or had children herself. She was a classically trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian radicals – the Impressionists – a movement that transformed the language of art.
The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely re-written. Mary Cassatt and her modern women were at the heart of it all.
About the filmmaker:
Ali Ray began her career in the film industry in 1995 and since then she has covered all bases including producer, director and development. She also considered herself a journalist, factual tv director and occasional presenter. Ali’s specialist subject areas are popular art history, food, travel and the outdoor industry. She previously directed Frida Kahlo (2020) for Exhibition on Screen.See our upcoming films