Laguna Art Museum Announces 2017 Film Night Series Line-Up


For Immediate Release: January 17, 2017

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211




LAGUNA BEACH, CA (January 7, 2017) — This month, Laguna Art Museum launches its 2017 Film Night program with the first of the series of film screenings introduced by special guests. The film program, designed to complement the museum’s mission and explore the art and culture of California, is organized into four categories: contemporary films, documentaries, artists’ picks, and classics. Screenings take place on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., and are included with museum admission.

Contemporary Films
The museum’s first contemporary film for 2017, screening on January 19, is 500 Days of Summer. The 2009 comedy-drama will be introduced by producer Jessica Tuchinsky. On March 16, producer Denise Di Novi will introduce Tim Burton’s romantic dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands.

On April 20, Laguna Art Museum curator Janet Blake will introduce the 1950 film noir Sunset Boulevard, and on August 17 the 1974 neo-noir mystery Chinatown.

On February 16, director and producer Paul Bockhorst will introduce Design for Modern Living, a documentary on artist Millard Sheets. On May 18, filmmaker Dale Schierholt will introduce Art and the Zen of Motorcycle Racing (or Lunch with Billy Al), a documentary about artist Billy Al Bengston in the Laguna Art Museum-produced California Masters series. On July 20, producer Martin Yewchuck will introduce his documentary The Greeter.

Artists’ Picks
Phillip K. Smith III, Laguna Art Museum’s commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2016, will introduce Blade Runner, a personal favorite, on June 15. Artist LG Williams will introduce his choice, Peter Brook’s film version of the Hindu epic The Mahabharata, on September 21.

From October through December 2017, the museum will focus on films that complement California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820 – 1930. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles and California, led by the Getty.

About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |

Featured Image: Bradley Hankey, The Beginning (detail), oil on wood panel, 2016, 36 x 26 inches, courtesy of the artist and Skidmore Contemporary Art