• Laurel Contributor

On Screen at Pac

By Mary Adair Trumbly

A pair of presentations illuminate the passions at the heart of an artistic revolution and the chaos of the French Revolution.

Great Art on Screen, sponsored by the Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom, Center for the Visual Arts, will continue on Friday, May 10, at 5:30 P.M. This screening will feature “Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche,” recounting the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890’s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele. This exhibition proves an in-depth examination for images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt’s mosaic-like works, to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality.

The optional Dinner Discussion will be at The Log Cabin. Please call (828) 526-5777 to make reservations and be sure to mention Great Art on Screen.

On Saturday, May 11, at noon, the MET Opera will broadcast “Dialogues Des Carmelites” by Poulenc. The Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom of a group of nuns caught in the maelstrom of the French Revolution. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

A pre-opera discussion will begin at 11:30 A.M.

Tickets for both screenings are available at highlandspac.org or at the door. Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street.

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