Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Aug 2016 – 25 Aug 2016
Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost post-war artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumour at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.
The film explores Eva Hesse’s journey as an artist whose life was in dynamic interplay with her groundbreaking work. The story takes place in the excitement of 1960s New York City - its art scene and wider creative community plays a major role as does the burgeoning feminist movement. The film also explores Hesse’s youth as a Jew in 1930s Germany, a country she would return to in 1964 to face her past and forge her future. It is a poignant look at a profoundly talented artist whose career, as it was beginning, ended in both tragedy and triumph.
Eva Hesse, dir. Marcie Begleiter, USA/Germany 2016, 108mins