A New Gallery Exhibit, a Screening of Vanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971), and a book signing of Vanishing Point Forever (Robert M. Rubin, 2024) on May 25, 2024


Sag Harbor, NY – Sag Harbor Cinema is proud to present “Movie Art and Artifacts from a Private Collection,” an exhibition that mixes contemporary art incorporating imagery from the movies with artifacts of the movie making process, such as set designs and props, from Apocalypse Now, The French Connection, Psycho, Bullitt, Double Indemnity, The Searchers, Belle de Jour, and other classics.


“The icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood have richly circulating afterlives in the realms of contemporary art: painting, photography, even performance. A lot of this art is directly fabricated out of or appropriated from the process material of filmmaking,” explained Robert M. Rubin, the show’s curator. “This eclectic gathering of art and artifacts demonstrates that, even though the golden age of celluloid cinema is allegedly over, in the end these movies and the screen personalities that animate them are strong enough to survive and even flourish in our digital cultural imaginations.” 


“I have been an admirer of Bob Rubin’s collecting philosophy and his passion for  cinema,” says SHC’s Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan. ”It is a vision where film intersects the other arts and permeates the way we interpret the world that I strongly identify with and draws from some of my favorite endeavors of Hollywood history, both sophisticated and irreverent. I am thrilled to exhibit a portion of his collection on the Cinema’s third floor.” 


Among the actors who grace this show in one form or another: Steve McQueen, Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Catherine Deneuve, Louise Brooks, and Faye Dunaway.

Among the artists whose work is represented in the show are Richard Prince, Richard Avedon, Martin Kippenberger, Fiona Banner, John Divola, John Bock, Pierre Bismuth, and Agnieszka Kurant. 


Robert M. Rubin, curator of the exhibition “Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact,” at Museum of the Moving Image, November 7, 2015–April 10, 2016. More information at
Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image.


Rubin, a Wainscott resident, will also be present at the Cinema on Saturday, May 25th for a screening of the 1971 road movie Vanishing Point, followed by a Q&A and book signing. His latest book, Vanishing Point Forever (Film Desk Books, 2024), is a deep dive into the film, its pseudonymous screenwriter Guillermo Cain (in reality the celebrated Cuban novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante) and the long tail of its influence on art, music, and cinema (notably Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof).

Rubin’s previous books include Richard Prince Cowboy (Prestel, 2020) and Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look (Abrams, 2017). He has also published books and essays on Pierre Chareau, Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, Bob Dylan, and other cultural icons.

A version of the exhibit at Sag Harbor Cinema appeared at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City in 2015. 


More information about the exhibit opening and related screenings will be made available on the Cinema’s website,

“Movie Art and Artifacts from a Private Collection” will be on view at the Sag Harbor Cinema until early August.


Robert M. Rubin: Rubin has written about Pierre Chareau, Jean Prouvé, Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, Reyner Banham, Richard Avedon, Allen Ginsberg, Glenn O’Brien, Jack Kerouac, Jeff Koons, and Richard Prince. He has contributed to Bookforum, Art in America, Cahiers d’Art, Le Monde, and Libération, as well as museum and gallery publications. He also curated the exhibitions Richard Prince: American Prayer (2011), and Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look (2017), both at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, as well as Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact (2015) at the Museum of the Moving Image. His most recent book is Vanishing Point Forever (2024).


As a not-for-profit 501(c)3, community-based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving and educating about films, filmmaking, and the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image – from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016, SHC continues a long historic tradition of entertainment in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise and have access to our member-only rooftop lounge, The Green Room.


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