Iris, Color of Desire: Short Silent Films from the Collection

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018,
  • The Kingdom of Flowers (1910)

  • The Kingdom of Flowers (1910)

  • Fleurs. “Bouquets dans des vases” (1912)

  • Printemps au Japon (1916)

  • Printemps au Japon (1916)

La fée Printemps

(Segundo de Chomón and Ferdinand Zecca, France 1902, 3 min., 35mm)

The Roses

(Etienne Arnaud, France 1908, 3 min., 35mm)


(Segundo de Chomón, France 1907, 3 min., 35mm)

The Kingdom of Flowers

(Gaumont, France 1910, 3 min., 35mm)

Fleurs. “Bouquets dans des vases”

(Gaumont, France 1912, 3 min., 35mm)

La rose bleue

(Léonce Perret, France 1911, 11 min., 35mm)

Printemps au Japon

(Pathé, France 1916, 10 min., 35mm)

When Flowers Bloom

(Castle Films, US 1929, 12 min., 35mm)


(Kodak, US 1925, 9 min., 35mm)

Silent Tuesdays Dutch Connection. In conjunction with the museum’s annual Dutch Connection floral display, this program presents silent short films from the collection with flowers as a main motif. As a natural element of color, the flower has been a fruitful source of inspiration and a recurrent object of practice for the visual arts throughout history. From the painted still lifes of the mythic Zeuxis in Ancient Greece to the bouquets of Henri Matisse or Georgia O’Keeffe in modernity, flora has germinated the fields of graphic experimentation and color research. Likewise in photography and film, flowers have modeled color and the development of its technologies and aesthetics.

These selected works—curated by Maddi Lopez de Arkaute, a recent graduate of the museum’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation—present wide stylistic diversity, from hand- and stencil-applied techniques, to additive color processes like Chronochrome and subtractive systems like Kodachrome. Let yourself be seduced by our garden delights..

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