Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bickford Film Series Continues The Story of the American Impressionist Movement

To Be Screened on Wednesday, December 6

The Bickford Theatre’s new Film Series continues with “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism” on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30PM. Produced by the critically acclaimed Exhibition on Screen, this gorgeous documentary tells the story of the American Impressionist movement over a 40-year period, travelling to studios, gardens, and iconic locations in the United States, Great Britain, and France.

This mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes as it tells the story of America’s pioneering artists who embraced the work of Monet, Renoir, and Degas at the same time as these remarkable artists were being criticized in their homeland. Directed by Phil Grabsky and narrated by Gillian Anderson, the film begins in 1886 when the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel brings some of his impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in America forever. American artists flocked to Giverny, France, the home of master impressionist Claude Monet and celebrated the French new wave.

As the film explains, this transformation of American art came at the same time reformers in the country began to push for public parks and gardens, and in turn the gardens provided unlimited inspiration for artists. As the country made its transition from a nation of farmers to a land of factories, the American Impressionists created a sumptuous visual language that told the story of a major era in our history. 

The critics have praised this film and the entire series of art films from Exhibition on Screen. Town and Country Magazine called the film “captivating” and The Guardian wrote that it was “documented with meticulous care.”

The series continues on Wednesday, March 7, with a screening of the 50th anniversary of one of the Academy Award nominated films of 1968, fifty years ago. On hand to discuss the film, which has not been announced yet, will be film experts and critics including the New Jersey Film Commission’s Executive Director Steve Gorelick.

Morris-Museum-Black-Maria-Film-Festival-logo-listingOn April 18, the Black Maria Film Festival returns with the 2018 winning shorts from the juried competition. Entries to the international competition honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey’s most famous inventor and the creator of the motion picture.

The Film Series concludes on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 with the screening of “Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing.” This film blends reenactment scenes and curatorial interviews from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to explore both Van Gogh the painter and Van Gogh the person. Robin Neal of On the Box called the film “one of the best I’ve seen depicting the life of Vincent Van Gogh.”

Tickets for the Bickford Film Series are $15 for the General Public; $12 for Museum Members; and $10 for Students (18 & under or with valid college ID). Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike), and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high-caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location and Hours

289369-morris_museumThe Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

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