Upstairs Artspace launches film series

Published 6:24 pm Friday, April 12, 2013

The Upstairs Artspace invites the public to view and discuss “Who Gets to Call it Art,” a film about Henry Geldzahler, the first “contemporary art” curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The film will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the gallery, with refreshments being served starting at 5:30 p.m.

The film, the first in a series to be shown this year at the Upstairs, includes interviews with some of the most influential artists of the 1960s, including Frank Stella and David Hockney, along with exclusive footage of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and other artists. Geldzahler was one of the first to spot some of these and other talents, and he was the curator of the Met’s biggest exhibit of modern art ever, “New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970.”

“This film is about the man who discovered and promoted the most famous artists of the ’60s,” said Jean Pettigrew, chair of the Upstairs’ programs committee. “That makes it the perfect place to start a series on contemporary artists.”

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Admission is free.

For more information, call 859-2828, drop by the gallery at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Tryon, or visit the nonprofit gallery’s website,

– article submitted by Harold Maass