Tuesday Night: Watch with WHBPAC

The poster for "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present."

Now through March 30, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) is hosting a bi-weekly Tuesday night movie series for patrons and staff to watch (and comment on) films as a group.

The curated series features films available on streaming services and WHBPAC will moderate a chat as patrons watch and comment about the film in real-time. Designed to be tech easy (and easy on the wallet), this program will educate, entertain and inspire up to 100 people per night. Donations to the WHBPAC, which has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, are welcome.

The next film in the series on March 16, is Matthew Akers “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” a feature-length documentary that follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life — a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premier museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Abramovic, it is far more — it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: ‘But why is this art?’

The final film in the series on March 30, will be “A Suitable Girl,” Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra’s film that follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. The film examines the women’s complex relationship with marriage, family, and society.

To register to take part in the series, email allisonf@whbpac.org or visit whbpac.org.