Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)
Ticket Required
Add to Calendar 2019-09-29 13:30:00 2019-09-29 15:00:00 Martha: A Picture Story 09/29/2019 1:30 PM Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Directed by Selina Miles (Australia/USA/Germany/Brazil, 2019, 81 min.). Digital. Documentary.

Selina Miles’s film is a portrait of photographer Martha Cooper, who, with inimitable energy and a sharp eye, recorded images of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s—eras when the city’s vibrancy was deemed dangerous. Cooper’s images of graffiti and hip-hop culture showcased a joyous street life that now exists simply as frozen smiles in a city transformed by real estate greed.

Cooper is a multifaceted creative who trespasses into Berlin’s U-Banh to shoot an illegal graffiti art attack. The film is a kaleidoscopic record of her kinetic output. Although adored by countless fans of her graffiti books that include American b-boys and younger European taggers, Martha: A Picture Story also functions as testament to a female artist who broke new pictorial ground highlighting a grassroots art movement that was later embraced by mainstream culture, while remaining steadfast to be recognized on as more than just a graffiti photographer.
—Felix Endara, Tribeca Film Institute

Wheelchair accessible symbol

Wheelchair accessible


Purchase tickets to three or more regularly priced films at once and get $3 off each ticket. Discount automatically applies at checkout. This discount is not applicable on past purchases. All tickets must be purchased at the same time within the same order for discount to apply.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted tickets for most of our films. For more information, please call 617-369-3310.

University Members can purchase $5 same-day tickets in person for regularly priced screenings. Valid student ID required, limit of one ticket per ID.

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies