Hall Art Foundation
Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros
Curated by Eric Fischl
May 6 - November 26, 2017
Curator’s Tour of "Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros" with Eric Fischl
Sunday, 23 July 2017 | 12 PM – 1:30 PM
544 VT ROUTE 106, READING, VT 05062

Join us for a curator-led walkthrough of Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros with Eric Fischl.


Approximately sixty-five artists are represented in Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros, which includes over eighty paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures selected by Fischl from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. In this fresh and provocative show, Fischl illustrates the absurd extremes associated with romantic and sexual love. Desire, passion, vulnerability, disappointment, pleasure and torment are expressed as a Greek or Shakespearian comedy – epic and tragic, hopeful and hazardous.  


Born in New York City in 1948, Eric Fischl is one of the most influential American figurative painters and sculptors working today. Fischl is most well known for provocative, large-scale paintings of middle-class suburban America that are imbued with psychological and often uncomfortable sexual undertones. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.


Admission: Free

Space is limited and registration is required.



Film Screening
Carnal Knowledge
Sunday, 5 November 2017 | 4 PM
544 VT ROUTE 106, READING, VT 05062

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros, on view at the Hall Art Foundation’s galleries in Reading, Vermont from 6 May – 26 November 2017.


Following a tour of the exhibition, the screening of Carnal Knowledge, selected by curator Eric Fischl, will take place at our new visitor center. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.


Carnal Knowledge is a thought provoking, if depressing look at the sexual attitudes and obsessions of two American men from their college days and into their 40's. The arrogant Jonathan (played by Jack Nicholson) uses women as sex objects. Sandy (played by Arthur Garfunkel) plays Jonathan's sexually uncertain college roommate who dates and later marries a beautiful college girl who Jonathan lusts after.


Trailer for Carnal Knowledge. Produced by Embassy Pictures | Directed by Mike Nichols

1h 38min | Drama | English | 1971 (United States) | Rated R


Admission: Free

Seating is limited and registration is required.