Coming Soon: ‘Art on Screen 21’

Public Art UHS Hosts First Annual Film Series Apr. 10 at Cullen Performance Hall

"Back to Kansas" by Spencer Finch
Spencer Finch's "Back to Kansas" is an artwork in "Color Field," Public Art UHS's Temporary Public Art Program. "Color Field" will be on view through the end of May.
"Double Physichromie" by Carlos Cruz-Diez
Carlos Cruz-Diez's "Double Physichromie" is among the permanent works in the Public Art UHS collection. Photo by Morris Malakoff.

Public Art of the University of Houston System is hosting its first ever film series titled “Art on Screen 21” on Saturday, April 10 at the UH Cullen Performance Hall.

The all-day event begins at 10 a.m. and features four films, as well as tours of select works in Public Art UHS’s permanent and temporary public art collections. Admission is free for current UH students, faculty and staff as well as for children under the age of 12. Tickets for visitors and guests start at $5 per screening. Click here to RSVP.

Inspired by the exploration and use of color in a variety of 20th-century art movements, “Art on Screen 21” focuses on movies that made significant cinematographic advancements through their use of color. The films showing include:

  • “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
  • “Pleasantville” (1998)
  • The Houston premiere of “Free Color,” a documentary following artist Carlos Cruz-Diez on his quest to realize his ultimate artwork (2020, directed by Alberto Arvelo)
  • “The Dark Side of Oz,” a film and music experience pairing “The Wizard of Oz” with Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon”

“‘Art on Screen 21’ offers a selection of curated films that explore concepts and ideas related to contemporary art and expand our appreciation of the artists and artworks in our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions such as ‘Color Field’, which features Spencer Finch’s ‘Back to Kansas,’ which draws inspiration from the vibrant technicolor scenes in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” said María C. Gaztambide, Public Art UHS director and chief curator.

WHAT: “Art on Screen 21”: Public Art of the University of Houston System’s First Annual Film Series

WHO: Hosted by the Public Art UHS curatorial team of María C. Gaztambide and Michael Guidry

WHEN:  All day, Saturday, April 10

Movie and public art tour times are as follows: 

  • 10:00 a.m.: Morning Art Tour
  • 11:00 a.m.: Wizard of Oz (1939, PG, Adventure/Family/Fantasy, 1h 42min)
  • 2:00 p.m.: Afternoon Art Tour
  • 3:00 p.m.: Pleasantville (1998, PG-13, Comedy/Drama/Fantasy, 2h 4min) 
  • 6:00 p.m.: Evening Art Tour
  • 7:00 p.m.: Free Color (2020, Documentary, 1h 10min) 
  • 8:30 p.m.: Dark Side of Oz (Wizard of Oz paired with Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon, 1h 42min)

WHERE: Cullen Performance Hall, 4300 University Dr., Houston, 77004; directions and parking information can be found here.

TICKET INFORMATION: Admission is free for current UH students, faculty and staff as well as for children under the age of 12. Tickets for visitors and guests start at $5 per screening. Reservations and ticket sales will be handled through Eventbrite. Please bring proof of purchase on your mobile device. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to RSVP.

SPECIAL NOTE: Guests must follow the UH COVID-19 guidelines and protocols by wearing masks in the facility and practicing social distancing in the lobby, common spaces and theater. Hand sanitizer stations will be available upon entry. To provide a safe environment, ushers will assist with seating all groups and participants.