Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers

When: Wednesday, July 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
David and Albert Maysles filming "With Love from Truman," photograph by Bruce Davidson / Magnum.

It has become the stuff of retro consumerism but in the mid-'60s New York City was the cultural capital of the United States -- and David and Albert Maysles were among its chief chroniclers. Featuring shorts including a radical Yoko Ono performance at Carnegie Hall, a portrait of an ascendant IBM, a drop-in visit with Truman Capote at his Long Island retreat, and an indelible encounter with Marlon Brando in a Midtown hotel room. These films capture both the official history and something else, the unguarded moments and unscripted gestures that are the true warp and woof of a historical scene.

IBM: A Self-Portrait (1964, 35 min)
Cut Piece (1966, 8 min)
With Love from Truman (1966, 29 min)

Meet Marlon Brando (1966, 29 min)

Conversation to follow, speakers to be announced. Check back for details and join our email list for updates.

Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

This event is part of the second season of our nonfiction film series, Smile, It’s Your Close Up: New York's Documentaries, co-programmed with Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Maysles Documentary Center, which zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?” To view all of the programs in the second season of the series, click here.

$15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students, and educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum and Maysles Documentary Center Members
Includes Museum admission.

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at programs@mcny.org or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.

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Presented in collaboration with the Maysles Documentary Center with beer provided by Harlem Blue.

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