VBMA TUESDAY’S FLICK PICK

Tuesday, April 14

The Square (2017) Rated R, in English and Swedish. 

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

 
 
Available to stream free with Hulu subscription, or for a small rental fee on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and Amazon Prime Video
 
The artwork of fictional character Lola Arias reminded us of John Kuhn’s glass sculpture A Byte of Time in its similar use of light to animate a square shape and as a means of calling attention to space.
 
What did you think of the film’s portrayal of the exhibition challenges faced by curators and museums?
 
 

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VBMA Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen
VBMA Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen
Jon Kuhn. A Byte of Time. 1994. Cut, polished, and assembled lead crystal