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Reynolda House Museum of American Art to Host Premiere of Film on the Art of America’s Gilded Age Featuring Wake Forest University Art Scholar

Reynolda House Museum of American Art will host the North Carolina premiere of “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age,” a film that tells the story of the painting, sculpture, music and literature of America’s renaissance. Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will introduce the film and take questions following its screening.

The one-night-only screening will take place Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. A brief reception will take place before the screening. Tickets are $15, and available online at reynoldahouse.org or at the door.

“America Rising” highlights works from what Mark Twain described “The Gilded Age,” the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910. Featuring the only known film footage of Mark Twain, “America Rising” illustrates how, after the Civil War, American art and American artists came into their own on the world stage. In painting, sculpture, architecture and music, America found its artistic soul and voice in the art created during the explosion of American economic growth, which Twain wrote about in his novel, “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.”

Using more than 90 works of art, featuring painters as diverse as Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast and John Singer Sargent – all artists represented in the Reynolda House collection – and with the great public sculpture of creative geniuses including Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his “Robert Gould Shaw Memorial,” “America Rising creates a portrait of a country reinventing itself after the tragic events of the Civil War.

Writer/director Michael Maglaras will speak following the film, joined by producer Terri Templeton and art historian David Lubin, whose scholarly insights feature prominently throughout the film. Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest, is the author of “Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War,” which will be available for purchase at the museum.

A review in “Artes Magazine” said that “this film is a tour de force, offering a comprehensive, multi-layered glimpse into many moving parts of an historical period...skillfully showing us what we as Americans were capable of becoming.”

Clips from the film can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/two17films.

About Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is recognized as a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions. The museum presents an exceptional collection of art by America’s most noted artists in an incomparable setting:  the 1917 country home of Katharine and Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds. Spanning 250 years of painting, prints, sculpture, photography and video art, the collection has been guided with the prescient and unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds. Highlights include important works by Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Chuck Close, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Martin Johnson Heade, Lee Krasner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, Gilbert Stuart and Grant Wood. In addition to its collection of fine art, Reynolda House holds decorative arts and estate archive collections and mounts exhibitions from all periods in the 2005 Charles and Mary Babcock Wing. Established in 1967 and now affiliated with Wake Forest University, the museum will mark two anniversaries in 2017—the 50th of its founding and the 100th of the completion of its estate—with major exhibitions and events. The complete Reynolda experience includes Reynolda Gardens, composed of formal gardens, walking trails and wetlands, and Reynolda Village, now an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in many of the estate’s original buildings. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org.