Films, Weekend Festivals

Film Day: Defining Beauty

Do the photographs lie?

Included with museum admission

Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 1pm - 5pm

Reservations by January 8

Location: Morse Auditorium

Film Day: Defining Beauty

Docent-led tour of Valérie Belin


Valérie Belin

1:30 pm  Reserve 1:30pm Tickets Now
Watch Valérie Belin, a segment from the film Paroles d’Artiste, about the French photographer’s Mannequin Series from 2003.

Short Films by Jesse Epstein

2 pm Reserve 2pm Tickets Now
Watch three short films by Jesse Epstein that address perceptions of beauty and Americans' unhealthy appetite for physical perfection.

Wet Dreams and False Images, 12 minutes
How do images of perfect female beauty influence men’s perceptions of real women?

The Guarantee, 11 minutes
A dancer’s hilarious story about his prominent nose and the effect it has on his career asks us to consider who we are.

34 x 25 x 36, 8 minutes
Enter the inner workings of the Patina V Mannequin Factory and see what goes into making "the ideal woman of the moment" — in plastic.

America the Beautiful

3 pm  Reserve 3pm Tickets Now

2007, 105 minutes

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts introduces his documentary film that looks at the unhealthy obsession that America has developed with beauty. The film examines fashion magazines and the lengths that young girls will go to in order to achieve the "perfection" that is portrayed in the often photo-shopped images of models. Roberts does his best to find out why we seem to value surface beauty over true substance. A discussion follows.

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