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Documentary Paints an Iconic Life

When: Sun., April 10 2011

Making a living as an artist is tough. But as a 17th-century female artist, Artemesia Gentileschi had it tougher than most. Yet she persevered, gained a measure of success, and went on to become a feminist icon in her groundbreaking career choice. Fast-forward to modern N.Y.C., and real-life filmmaker Ellen Weissbrod is having artistic crises of her own, which resolve only when she decides to pursue her dream of making a documentary on Artemesia's life. The resulting film, A Woman Like That, intercuts Weissbrod's consciousness-raising with intriguing tidbits about Artemesia and her work — reminding us that, regardless of time frame, artistic expression never comes cheap. The Cleveland Museum of Art is screening the flick today at 1:30 p.m. in the Gardner Auditorium. Jon Seydl, CMA's curator of European painting and sculpture, will be on hand to introduce Weissbrod and producer Melissa Powell. Afterward, the three will discuss the film and Artemesia's art. Admission is $10, with discounts for members, students, and seniors; get tickets at the door or online at The museum is at 11150 East Blvd.; call 216-421-7350 for more info. — Cicora

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