When German painter, graphic artist, experimental filmmaker, and radical theorist Hans Richter moved to New York in 1941, he was one among dozens of heavyweight Euro émigrés in town. Richters rarefied circle included Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Fernand Léger, along with native sons Alexander Calder and Man Ray. In the mid-'40s, these immortals concocted and collaborated on Dreams That Money Can Buy, a feature-length chunk of surrealist heaven that opens the Thursday night film series A Portrait of the Artist, or Fisher-Inspired Films, which is synched to the ongoing art exhibit Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection. In Dreams, a regular guy discovers not only that the eyes are windows into an individuals desires, but also that he posses the (super)power to custom-design dreams for an ever-growing client list. Next up is Warhols 1965 hit, The Chelsea Girls (July 8), with its indulgent yet fascinating parade of latter-day superstars and relentless accompaniment by the Velvet Underground. Join the cult of Nico, another war-scarred German who found a home and a band of avant-garde artists in New York.
Thu., July 1, 7 p.m., 2010