MISSOULA – The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana will present the film “Tim's Vermeer” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Roxy Theatre, located at 718 S. Higgins Ave. in Missoula. Admission is $5.
Created in 2013, the film is directed by Teller – of Penn & Teller fame – and runs 80 minutes. Afterward, MMAC will host a brief discussion about the film.
The film explores recent theories of how 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer created some of the best-beloved masterpieces in the history of art. The paintings have long been admired for their near-photographic realism, despite the fact they were painted hundreds of years before the invention of photography.
In the film, Tim Jenison, a Texas-based engineer and inventor, sets out on a research project that spans eight years and ultimately changes the history of art. Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the north coast of Yorkshire, England, to meet artist David Hockney; and to Buckingham Palace in London to visit the Royal Collection.
MMAC invites visitors to view current exhibitions by artists Vanessa German and Amanda Browder in galleries located in UM’s Performing Arts Radio and Television Center. Open hours during the academic year (Aug. 25-May 16, 2015) are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. For more information call 406-243-2019 or visit http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.