World Premiere & Panel Discussion
$25 – $125
On sale Wednesday, March 9 at 12pm
$25 General Admission
$125 General Admission plus After-show Reception at No. 10 Restaurant
Daniel Chester French: American Sculptor is a new documentary film that explores French’s formative years and his contributions to public works of art which, ultimately, led to his iconic creation of the seated Abraham Lincoln – the centerpiece of architect Henry Bacon’s Lincoln Memorial: a temple to American democracy, the focus of the Civil Rights Movement and, more than any other site in the nation’s capital, a shrine for peaceful assembly in times of hope or despair.
Written and directed by documentary filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley (Evita, Julian Bond, Black Fiddlers, and Rita Dove) the film relies on the expertise of Daniel Chester French scholars Michael Richman and Dan Preston; Lincoln scholar and historian Harold Holzer; American sculpture scholar Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dana Pilson, Curatorial Reseacher, Chesterwood; and Donna Hassler, Executive Director, Chesterwood, among other distinguished artists and art critics. Principal filming for Daniel Chester French: American Sculptor took place in Boston, MA; Concord, MA; Stockbridge, MA; New York, NY and Washington, DC.
The film is produced by Chesterwood, the historic home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge, MA, and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Opening remarks will be presented by Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council and Honorary Chair of the event. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on stage with the filmmaker, Eduardo Montes-Bradley; Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer and American sculpture scholar, Thayer Tolles. A Benefit Reception will follow at No. 10 Restaurant.