‘The Grapes of Wrath’ with David Lubin Closes out Reynolda Film Series; Two Talks Scheduled in November at the Museum

Winston-Salem, NC – Reynolda House Museum of American Art will present the iconic 1940 film “The Grapes of Wrath” as the last film of its three-week series planned in conjunction with its exhibition Dorothea Lange’s America. The film will be shown Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and will feature commentary and discussion led by David Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.

The Depression era was one the most significant periods in film history, producing numerous masterpieces and changing the role of filmmaking and movie-going in American life. As hardship led average citizens to seek refuge in movie houses across the country, filmmakers provided that escape, often presenting sharp critiques of the world around them. Admission to the film is $15 and is available in advance at reynoldahouse.org/america or at the door.

“The Grapes of Wrath” is the third film in the series that included “Sullivan’s Travels” with Angus MacLachlan, screenwriter and director; and “I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” with Dale Pollock, filmmaker, writer, and professor of cinema studies and distinguished scholar at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. “Dorothea Lange’s America” presents Lange’s haunting photographs of 1930s and 1940s America and features some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. The exhibition is on view through Dec. 30. Advance purchase for the exhibition is encouraged at reynoldahouse.org/america.

Reynolda House will offer two public talks in November.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m., Reynolda House Curator Allison Slaby will present a talk on one of the oldest portraits in Reynolda’s collection, “Elizabeth Browne Rogers” by Joseph Blackburn. The painting is included in the small exhibition “Outlaws in America Art” on view in the house galleries. The talk is part of the museum’s monthly series offered on the first Wednesday that features Reynolda curators, educators, and guests sharing a one-hour, in-depth look at one object—painting, print, sculpture, photograph, or decorative art object. The talks are free with museum admission.

On Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m., the museum will present a book talk with Liza Mundy, author of the national bestselling book “Code Girls.” More than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington, D.C. and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war and saved countless lives, but a strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history—until now. Author Liza Mundy will discuss and read from her new book Code Girls. Mundy is the “New York Times” bestselling author of “The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family” and “Michelle: A Biography.” This event is presented with Bookmarks. Admission is $10, or $8 for members of the museum. Admission is free for students and Wake Forest University employees.

About Reynolda
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The 50-year-old museum at the center of Reynolda’s 180 acres, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of the country manor of R. J. Reynolds. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. Highlights are: Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood. The collection was assembled by the unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of R. J. and Katharine Reynolds. The Reynolda experience includes a free app called Reynolda Revealed; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of Reynolda Gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is adjacent to Wake Forest University. For more information, please visit reynolda.org. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa and @CurateReynolda.