CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton for Exclusive Screening
The actress, director, and performance artist introduces The Seasons in Quincy
Pittsburgh, PA…In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) welcomes Academy Award– and BAFTA-winning actress, director, and performance artist Tilda Swinton for the first North American screening of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, a thoughtful look at the writer, critic, and thinker. Swinton introduces the April 19 sneak preview of the film, of which she is executive producer, and director of one of its four parts. Swinton’s recent acting roles span major and independent films, including Grand Budapest Hotel, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and Moonrise Kingdom. With Joanna Scanlan, she developed The Maybe, a performance work staged at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Museo Barracco, Rome; and MoMA, New York.
Colin MacCabe, Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh, produced all four parts, or “seasons” of the film with the Derek Jarman Lab in London. He also directed the first season—“Ways of Listening”—and co-directed with Bartek Dziadosz of the Derek Jarman Lab A Song for Politics. Dziadosz, cinematographer on the last three of the seasons and editor of Swinton’s season Harvest, will also be present at the screening.
The event marks the beginning of a new collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh’s film program and CMOA, following upgrades to the museum’s 180-seat theater, including improvements to its screen and the addition of 7.1 surround sound. The additions strengthen the theater as a venue for screenings and events, hosted by both CMOA and the University.
The Seasons of Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger
April 19, 8:30 p.m., $35 ($30 members, $25 students with valid ID)
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
Live Introduction by Tilda Swinton
About the Film
The Seasons in Quincy is a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger. In 1973, Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it. Berger’s trilogy Into their Labours chronicles the peasant life of this village and its countryside. The Seasons in Quincy places Berger in the rhythm of the seasons in his village.
The film is the result of an eight-year project by Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe with the Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck, University of London. Artist Christopher Roth edited the first three seasons and directed the second. The Derek Jarman Lab is a media hub at Birkbeck that specializes in research-led film making. The Lab’s mission is to teach postgraduate students and faculty to use film both to disseminate and to develop their research. The University of Pittsburgh has worked closely with the Pannonia Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to fund the film.
General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.
University of Pittsburgh
An internationally renowned public-research university founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (www.pitt.edu) is a leading center of learning and research in the arts, sciences, humanities, professions, and health sciences. Pitt ranks fifth among all US universities in terms of the competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health and consistently ranks among the country’s leading US public research universities, according to The Top American Research Universities report issued by the Center for Measuring University Performance. With 16 schools and colleges and 35,000 students on five campuses, the university offers nearly 400 distinct degree programs.