No surprise: the Museum of Modern Art has extended its exhibition of Matisse's cut outs as a result of popular demand. The same happened when the show featuring the master's late in life career debuted in London's Tate. But viewers in 350 American cities as of this week do not have to travel to get a state of the art tour through the galleries. As a result of a new film project, Exhibition on Screen, audiences can walk through the galleries of the show, a melding of the UK and US venues in their local cinemas, with many extras including curator talks, archival footage of the artist at work, and a view of the artist's inspiration, in Matisse's case, a ballet dancer's lithe figure in performance.
In a phone interview, filmmaker Phil Grabsky explained the idea for this series which will include programs on the Impressionists and "The Girl with the Pearl Earring:" "You can't beat the experience of seeing the show in person. Ideally audiences will see the films before or after seeing the show."