The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present “Eva Hesse” (2016, USA) as the First Friday Film Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St.

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Because she died of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.

“Eve Hesse,” the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals; her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt; and contemporary, as well as archival, interviews with fellow artists (Richard Serra, Robert Mangold and Dan Graham among them) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality.

Marcie Begleiter’s documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.

The film runs 108 minutes. First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth and the Strand, presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets, $10 or $8 for museum members, are for sale at the Strand box office prior to the screening.

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