Taking Venice

Opened Friday, May 17, 2024


Friday, May 17: Q&A with director Amei Wallach at 7:15

Saturday, May 18: Q&A with director Amei Wallach and Robert Storr at 7:15

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government is determined to fight Communism with culture. The Venice Biennale, the world’s most influential art exhibition, becomes a proving ground in 1964. Alice Denney, Washington insider and friend of the Kennedys, recommends Alan Solomon, an ambitious curator making waves with trailblazing art, to organize the U.S. entry. Together with Leo Castelli, a powerful New York art dealer, they embark on a daring plan to make Robert Rauschenberg the winner of the Grand Prize. The artist is yet to be taken seriously with his combinations of junk off the street and images from pop culture, but he has the potential to dazzle. Deftly pulling off maneuvers that could have come from a Hollywood thriller, the American team leaves the international press crying foul and Rauschenberg questioning the politics of nationalism that sent him there.

Official Selection: DOC NYC

 “Explores the scandals surrounding the 1964 show, illuminating the US government’s obsession with its international image.” – Hyperallergic

  • Country Italy
  • Language English
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Zeitgeist Films Release in Association with Kino L
  • Director Amei Wallach
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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