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January 20, 2017 – (Key West, FL).  Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “Museum Hours”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues on Thursday, February 2 at 6:00pm in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with “Museum Hours,” a New York Times Critic pick that explores the links of life and art by acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen.

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways in which works of art reflect and shape the world.

The New York Times call the one hour, 47-minute feature an “exquisitely photographed ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives.”  It glances at medieval and classical works, with a gallery-strolling focus on Dutch and Flemish paintings from the early modern period that turned ordinary faces and everyday events into subjects for artistic scrutiny. Woven into “Museum Hours” is Mr. Cohen’s belief that the impact of art “really kicks in” during the bleakest of times.

Made possible in part by the generosity of the Helmerich Trust, the Key West Art & Historical Society film series is curated by Society board member and cineaste Michael Shields, who offers “films that expand our vistas and give us fresh views of our home.” Tickets for the event can be purchased online  $5 for members, $10 for non-members.  For more information about this and other programs, please contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, ext. 115.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.



Jem Cohen, pictured here with an artwork by16th-century Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel, is director of “Museum Hours,” an English language film shot in Vienna, and described as “…the perfect director tackling the perfect subject with the perfect cast in the perfect location.” “Museum Hours” will be shown at the Custom House Museum on Thursday, February 2. (Contributed Photo)