Film and Talk: Aggie

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 at 6:00pm

Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976

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There will be two screenings of Aggie, due to limited capacity in the Lichtenstein Theater. The first screening, starting at 6 pm, will be followed by a conversation with Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, and Dorothy Lichtenstein on screen, moderated by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

The second screening, starting at 8:45 pm, will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation.

2020, Documentary, 92 minutes

Director: Catherine Gund

The screening will take place in the Lichtenstein Theater and will be followed by a conversation with Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, and Dorothy Lichtenstein on screen, moderated by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

Aggie is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way.

Catherine Gund, Director/Producer

Founder of Aubin Pictures, Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. Gund’s most recent projects include: Dispatches from Cleveland, a five-chapter documentary that looks at the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice; and Chavela, a documentary about the life of the iconic Latin-American gender-bending diva, Chavela Vargas. her past films include America, Born to Fly, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! Ron Athey, which have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Netflix, and Amazon.

Agnes Gund

Agnes Gund is president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and chair of its International Council. She is also chair of MoMA PS1. Ms. Gund joined the MoMa Board in 1976 and served as president from 1991 until 2002. Ms. Gund is a founder and chair emerita of Studio in a School, a non-profit organization she established in 1977 in response to budget cuts that virtually eliminated arts classes from New York City public schools. A philanthropist and collector of modern and contemporary art, Ms. Gund serves on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, and the Morgan Library & Museum. She is co-founder and chair of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, as well as an honorary trustee of the National YoungArts Foundation, Independent Curators International, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. A civic leader and staunch supporter of education, environmental concerns and social justice, Ms. Gund has served on the boards of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Barnes Foundation, Chess in Schools, the Frick Collection, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York City Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. In June 2017, she launched the Art for Justice Fund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to support criminal justice reform in the U.S. Ms. Gund was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts (2016). She received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton (1977) and the J. Paul Getty Medal (2018).

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Dorothy Lichtenstein is President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, which is dedicated to the encouragement of a broad understanding of the art of Roy Lichtenstein and the artists of his time, and was established after the artist’s death in 1997. After studying art history at Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College), she became director of the pioneering Bianchini Art Gallery in New York, organizing exhibitions and projects dealing with emerging Pop art, and with William Coply, edited and published portfolios of artists’ works for The Letter Edged in Black Press. Dorothy Lichtenstein has remained committed to art and culture as she serves on the boards of Studio in a School and Studio Institute, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Stony Brook Foundation, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE); and on the International Advisory Board of the LongHouse Reserve, the Director’s Advisory Council of MASS MoCA, and the Advisory Committee of the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Parrish Art Museum. She is equally committed to scientific research as she serves on the Leadership Council of The New York Stem Cell Foundation. She is a recipient of the Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French Government.


6 pm Film and Conversation:

$30 | $15 Parrish Members

Free for Students and Children

8:45 Film and Pre-Recorded Conversation:

$20 | $10 Parrish Members

Free for Students and Children


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The event takes place in the Lichtenstein Theater with limited, socially distanced seating.

You must wear a mask throughout the entire program. 

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