Taking Venice

  • A man in coat & tie standing in front of a piece of modern art
  • 3 men in a boat transporting a large painting

“Explores the scandals surrounding the 1964 show, illuminating the US government’s obsession with its international image.” – Hyperallergic

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government is determined to fight Communism with culture. The Venice Biennale, the world’s most influential art exhibition, becomes a proving ground in 1964. Alice Denney, Washington insider and friend of the Kennedys, recommends Alan Solomon, an ambitious curator making waves with trailblazing art, to organize the U.S. entry. Together with Leo Castelli, a powerful New York art dealer, they embark on a daring plan to make Robert Rauschenberg the winner of the Grand Prize. The artist is yet to be taken seriously with his combinations of junk off the street and images from pop culture, but he has the potential to dazzle. Deftly pulling off maneuvers that could have come from a Hollywood thriller, the American team leaves the international press crying foul and Rauschenberg questioning the politics of nationalism that sent him there.

1h 38m
Amei Wallach
First Showing
July 5, 2024


Friday, July 5, 2024 6:30 PM
Location Little Roxie
Saturday, July 6, 2024 6:45 PM
Location Little Roxie
Sunday, July 7, 2024 3:45 PM
Location Little Roxie

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