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Betye Saar

Taking Care of Business | LACMA Art + Film

Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business | Art + Film

At 93, there’s no stopping when it comes to the legendary artist Betye Saar. Produced by LACMA Productions this documentary features the artwork of Betye Saar along with interviews and rare footage from the artist's archives.

About Director Christine Turner
Christine Turner is a filmmaker based in New York. Her critically acclaimed documentary Homegoings, about a funeral director in Harlem, premiered at Documentary Fortnight at MoMA and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV. Her short fiction films Hold On and You Can Go have screened at festivals internationally, including the Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

About LACMA Productions
Over the decade, with the establishment of the Art+Film initiative, LACMA has dedicated resources to producing short documentary films on artists including John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Barbara Kruger, James Turrell, Robert Irwin, and Catherine Opie that are directed by outside filmmakers. By producing and commissioning work from emerging and mid-career filmmakers such as Lance Accord, Sini Anderson, Pippa Bianco, Dime Davis, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Lisanne Skyler, Chrsitine Turner, Lucy Walker, and Jessica Yu. LACMA has created a series of short documentaries that have earned official selections and awards at some of the leading international film festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, DOC NYC, Outfest, Aspen Shortsfest, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Full Frame, Provincetown Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and AFI DOCS.

As LACMA continues to define itself as a place to innovate and set standards for museums around the country, LACMA Productions aims to establish a forum for atypical films about art and artists for our audiences worldwide. It has become more important than ever to create compelling content that can educate and inspire, connecting audiences to the artists of our time.

Betye Saar
Taking Care of Business, 2019
Single-channel video (8 minutes, 18 seconds)
Produced: LACMA Productions
Director: Christine Turner
© LACMA and Betye Saar, 2020