Moving Images Film Series

Select Thursdays, 7 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

Moving Images is a film series that occurs on the first Thursday of every month. Cincinnati Art Museum curators host screenings of new and classic films that are in dialogue with art. These include documentaries about artists or art-world topics, feature-length films and videos by artists, and films with a thematic or conceptual connection to art currently on view in the museum.

FREE and open to the public. Reservations not required.

Cash bar available beginning at 6:00; beverages are permitted in the theater during screening.

Please enter the museum through the DeWitt entrance – visitors will meet in the Fath Auditorium. 


Upcoming Programs:


Dynamic Paris Film Series

in conversation with Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.

April 4, 2019 | 7 p.m.

May 2, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies, this selection of documentary and fiction films depicts the city and culture of Paris in 1900 from different perspectives. Curated by French and Film & Media Studies professor Michael Gott, and enriched by scholar-led introductions and post-film discussions, the series explores the dynamic nature of the City of Light’s urban fabric over the 20th century.

Cincinnati Art Museum, Fath Auditorium. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance.


Paris 1900

1946. Directed by Nicole Vedrès.

March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Filmed in 1946, this documentary draws on archival footage and interviews with artists, writers, and politicians to paint a vivid picture of life in Belle Époque Paris. Excerpts taken from more than 700 films shot between 1900 and 1914 were pieced together by Vedrès to tell the story of the City of Light during an exciting period of change. We see Paris from the perspectives of flaneurs and flaneuses, market vendors, and personalities such as Léon Blum, Claude Debussy, André Gide, and Auguste Rodin.

Post-film conversation with Michael Gott and respondent Peter Bell, Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings.


Monsieur Chocolat

2016. Directed by Roschdy Zem.

April 4, 2019 | 7 p.m.

At the turn of the century, two anonymous circus performers meet and devise an act together. Monsieur Chocolat would rise to fame and became the first black performance star in French history after he and his partner Footit are discovered and recruited to perform their exuberant routine in Paris. French director Zem’s historical biographical drama depicts the career of Monsieur Chocolat and offers an artist’s perspective of Belle Époque Paris, but is also fundamentally a story about race and discrimination in French society at the turn of the century.

Post-film conversation with Michael Gott and respondent Thérèse Migraine-George, professor of French and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and head of the UC Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures.

Zazie dans le metro

1960. Directed by Louis Malle.

May 2, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Malle’s exuberant comedy evokes the exhilaration and experimentation of the French New Wave but careens off into an entirely different register, using playful editing tricks and special effects. Malle follows 10-year old Zazie on a quest across a burlesque, colorful Paris at a crucial point in the city and the nation’s history. Although set in a later era, Zazie uses new mobile camera technology to offer a unique glimpse into the sights and sounds of a rapidly changing city, from Art Nouveau metro stations to 19th century passages.

Post-film conversation with Michael Gott and respondent Stanley Corkin, Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati.