On Monday, February 25, 2008 ~ 6:00 - 8:00 PM
At the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
1375 Broadway (37th Street), Suite #2103
Reception 6:00 – 6:30 PM, Program 6:30 – 8:00 PM
PLEASE RSVP VIA EMAIL email@example.com or Call 212-459-3630 ext. 204
President Teddy Roosevelt (1907)
Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture is a new feature documentary film on the life and work of the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907). Trained in Paris and Rome, Saint-Gaudens is considered America’s premier sculptor of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. During a career that spanned three decades, Saint-Gaudens created nearly one hundred and fifty works of art including a number of major public monuments to heroes of the Civil War. While many passersby stop to admire his sculpture, few know of the life and times that created these incredible works of art. A major goal of the film is to reintroduce Saint-Gaudens to the American public and to make people aware of his significant contributions to American art and culture. Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture traces Saint-Gaudens’ life, both personally and professionally, from his birth in Dublin, Ireland to his work in New York City and Paris to his death in Cornish, New Hampshire. The film discusses how Saint-Gaudens’ projects ranged in scope from large public monuments and portraits in relief to cameos and gold coins. The story of his personal life is woven around in-depth studies of six of his major works of art including the contemplative Standing Lincoln in Lincoln Park Chicago, the intensely moving Shaw Memorial on Boston Common, the powerful Sherman Monument in Central Park, the serenely beautiful Diana now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the stirring Adams Memorial in Washington DC. The major works of Saint-Gaudens in New York City are: The Sherman Monument at the entrance to Central Park at 59th and 5th Avenue. The Farragut Monument at Madison Square Park at 23rd and 5th Ave and the Monument to Peter Cooper at Cooper Union (off of Astor Place). The Metropolitan Museum has the largest collection of his works outside of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. Works include the Diana, the Hiawatha and the Amor Caritas as well as a number of reliefs and busts.
“A first class production and a work of art”
Marc Diessner, New Hampshire Public Television
“What a triumph. I was completely moved by the Shaw Memorial on the big screen. If there was any doubt that that is a masterpiece, your camera work put that to rest.”
Thayer Tolles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“I was enthralled by your work…rock steady, crystal clear, rich colors. Wonderful, wonderful images. What a treat!
Chris Weinman, Retired Filmmaker
“The movie is spectacular! Superb! There were times during the film when I was very proud and times when I had tears running from my eyes.”
David Bisno, M.D.