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The Power of Image


Art and Film at a Major Museum

If you’re an art enthusiast who’s looking for a deeper understanding of the creative process, or a cinephile seeking new stories off the beaten big screen path, check out the upcoming screenings at The Art Gallery of Ontario. Throughout the year, the museum presents a series of films about art.

This February, watch Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (through February 11th). One of the most polarizing, influential photographers of the twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe challenged perceptions of homosexuality, race, and celebrity within his often shocking, erotic pictures. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the film investigates his life through interviews with the artist himself and those who knew him.

Cave Small Cave Big (through February 20th), a short film written by two five year olds, offers a (very) young, fantastic perspective on ownership and loss. Where is Rocky II? (through February 24th) investigates artist Ed Ruscha’s alleged creation of a fake rock that he planted in California’s Mojave Desert. Screenwriter Pierre Bismuth attempts to find it and interviews a variety of art world personalities along the way. If you’re curious about the evolution of land art, which turned the natural world into man-altered creations, go watch Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (through February 25th).