René Magritte (Belgium, 1898–1967). <i>Le Faux miroir (The False Mirror).</i> 1929. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 31 7/8" (54 x 80.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2013

René Magritte's "La Ligne de vie" ("Lifeline")

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Sixth floor

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Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938
Anne Umland

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Join us for a special evening with actor and director Joshua Marston, who performs René Magritte's 1938 lecture "La Ligne de vie" ("Lifeline"), which explores the experience of life and art that led Magritte to Surrealism. In this largely unknown lecture, Magritte outlines his practice as a painter, and his social and political views. The reading is followed by a special viewing of the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938.

Tickets ($35, $25 members, $15 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online, at the information desk, or at the film desk after 4:00 p.m.

Joshua Marston is a New York–based screenwriter and film director. His first fiction film, Maria Full of Grace (2004), about a young Colombian woman who swallows pellets of heroin and transports them to the U.S., received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. His second feature, The Forgiveness of Blood (2012), about an Albanian family drawn into a blood feud, won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival. He also directed the Coney Island section of New York I Love You, starring Cloris Leachman and Eli Wallach. In addition, he has directed episodes of The Newsroom (HBO), Six Feet Under (HBO), Law & Order (NBC), How to Make It in America (HBO), In Treatment(HBO), and The Good Wife (CBS).

In conjunction with the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938