One Sunday this summer I relinquished an afternoon by the river to see Michelangelo by Exhibition on Screen at the Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center. A high-definition video exploration of the artist’s work, the presentation turned out to be the next best thing to looking up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling or walking all the way around Pietà in St. Peter’s during a guided tour. My experience as an art history major so far has propelled me to explore what I study beyond the classroom. The film brought me closer to Michelangelo’s most important pieces than I think I ever could be in real life.
There are, of course, pros and cons to seeing art on screen versus in person. The better technology gets, however, the better our long-distance relationship with art can be. There is something to be said for actually being in the place where Michelangelo worked and lived. When I have seen famous or favorite works of art in person, I usually get chills and, I admit, I have cried once or twice in a museum. But my experience seeing Michelangelo was not that different.
On October 1, the Hop is bringing Exhibition on Screen back with the presentation I, Claude Monet. This HD video brings to life the personal side of Monet that lies beyond his paintings. Like Michelangelo, I anticipate this presentation being an even more intimate look at the artist’s work than a museum tour because of the behind-the-scenes details you don’t always get from a tour. Exhibition on Screen shows that there’s more to the story than a single painting can tell. Quite often, that story is the full work of an artist.
The film is a great introduction, follow-up, substitution for, or precursor to seeing Monet’s works in any capacity, on Wikipedia or in Paris, because of the depth and detail of the backstory and the interactive, almost performance-art-like use of Monet’s own words and his paintings.
I, Claude Monet will be shown Sunday, October 1, 4 pm, in the Loew Auditorium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center. Tickets available online and at the Hop Box Office.