Tonight is the first in a series of two events at the Hirshhorn featuring appearances by filmmaker Julian Schnabel. While advance tickets to both nights’ events are sold out, there will be a first-come, first-served standby line, so fans of Schnabel’s lyrical, emotionally engaging films should line up early.
Schnabel has proved to be as talented in the filmmaking world as in the art realm. After becoming an established artist, exhibiting at the Venice Biennale and the Whitney, he moved on to movies, garnering acclaim with an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
Tonight at 8:30 p.m., the Hirshhorn screens that film about Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who became trapped inside his paralyzed body after a stroke, able to communicate only by blinking an eye. Schnabel will be present to introduce the film.
On Friday night at 7 p.m., Schnabel will discuss his work, as well as his appreciation for artist Blinky Palermo, whose retrospective is on display in the museum.
The Hirshhorn is also hosting a Twitter chat with Schnabel Friday at 2:30 p.m. The chat is the inaugural event in a series called “Dialogues,” which features a new artist, filmmaker, photographer, scholar or critic each month. Follow the conversation at the Hirshhorn’s Twitter feed, or participate by using the hashtag #askJulian.