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The Sun and Richard Lippold, courtesy of the filmmaker


The Sun and Richard Lippold & An Essay on Death

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

With Tom Hurwitz and Manfred Kirchheimer in person

The Sun and Richard Lippold
Dir. Leo Hurwitz. 1966, 29 mins. 16mm.

An Essay on Death: A Tribute to John F. Kennedy
Dir. Leo Hurwitz. 1964, 77 mins. DCP.

These two film essays, commissioned by National Education Television (NET) and photographed by Kirchheimer, represent peak moments in the sophistication of mainstream, televised documentary. Made in 1964 for a program memorializing President Kennedy’s assassination, An Essay on Death confronts the question of mortality with a sober and unflinching clarity that remains genuinely bracing today, while The Sun and Richard Lippold, one of Hurwitz’s masterpieces, proceeds from an investigation into the abstract forms of the American sculptor Lippold’s “The Sun” to a magisterial reflection on the relationship between personal and cultural experience and the work of the artist.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.