Double Feature: Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt


Yvonne Jacquette: Autumn Expansion
This film will be introduced by Patricia Miranda
The American painter and printer Yvonne Jacquette is best known for her aerial landscapes of cities and towns, which incorporate distinctive brushwork.

Yvonne Jacquette: Autumn Expansion, filmed in 1981, explores the artist’s creative process as she creates a triptych that is approximately 26 feet wide, commissioned by the General Services Administration for the Federal Building and Post Office in Bangor, Maine.

In order to familiarize herself with the subject, Jacquette examined many aspects of forestry, walked through the site itself, and even spent five hours in a plane over the area, studying the changing light.

Her triptych follows the life cycle of autumn foliage, from its green beginnings to its vibrant, fiery peak, and ultimately to its subdued end. Jacquette named the work during the creative process, noting the expanding nature of the autumnal color palette.

Jacquette was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1934 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1952 to 1956. Her works can be found at several national museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Jacquette has taught at Parsons School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Skowhegan School, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990.

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Rudy Burckhardt Compilation:
Man in the Woods and The Climate of New York

This film will be introduced by Patricia Miranda

Man in the Woods

A detailed look at a remarkable artist who died in 1999 at age 85.

Aspects of Burckhardt’s work in photography, film, and painting are examined in interviews with Rudy Burckhardt, painter Yvonne Jacquette, and curators Robert Storr (former Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Brian Wallis (Chief Curator, International Center of Photography, New York).

In his studio in New York, Burckhardt discusses his photography and its significance within its historical framework. In the woods near his summer home in Maine, the viewer sees Burckhardt’s easel and painting in front of the scene he is depicting.

Whether in city or country, Burckhardt appreciated and transformed the chaos he discovered.

The Climate of New York

In 1935, Rudy Burckhardt moved to New York from Basel, Switzerland, with Edwin Denby, who went on to become one of the foremost American dance critics.

This film is a collaboration between these two artists: Burckhardt’s photos are displayed onscreen as Denby reads his sonnets.

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Patricia Miranda
BFA, SUNY Purchase
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Patricia Miranda is an artist, independent curator, educator, and director of Miranda Arts Project Space, in Port Chester, NY.  She is Visiting Assistant Professor at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and adjunct professor at New Jersey City University.  Miranda was director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College from 2008-12, and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; Albright College, Reading, PA, and Concordia University, MI.  Miranda has developed educational programs at The Guggenheim Museum, Natural History Museum, Metropolitan Museum, and Smithsonian Institute, to name a few.  She has exhibited her work at Wave Hill, Bronx NY; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria; the Cape Museum of Fine Art; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.  She is currently on the advisory board and curatorial committee at Castle Gallery at College of New Rochelle, NY.  She received a 2014 New York State Council on the Arts sponsored Artswestchester Artist Grant, and has been a finalist for a MTA Arts for Transit subway project.