David Smith was one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. His ideas about art and his working methods are revealed in archival footage, through reminiscences by his daughters, and in conversations with people who knew him, including fellow artists Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell. The film takes viewers from Bolton Landing in upstate New York, where Smith had his home and studio, to the National Gallery of Art, and the installation of Smith’s works there in the momentous exhibition that was the inspiration for the film. A production of the National Gallery of Art and Robert Pierce Films, Inc.; produced by Mark Muheim; directed by E. A. Carmean, Jr., and Robert Pierce.
A panel discussion with Peter Stevens, Executive Director of The Estate of David Smith, Rebecca Smith, daughter of the artist, and Susan Behrends Frank, Associate Curator for Research, The Phillips Collection, follows screening.