About The Film

Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck pulls back the curtain on one of America’s most accomplished and original -- yet least-known working artists.

A master sculptor, carver, painter and miniature architect, Beck works in a fantastical genre all his own, creating intricate worlds, alive with playful and incisive observations of the world we know. Beck subjects his work and life to the camera’s invasive scrutiny with a wit and charm that’s both inviting and ambivalent.

Curious Worlds captures the artist at work in his studio and reflecting on his process in an intimate portrait illuminating what it takes to create a masterwork: extraordinary ideas, an almost eerie ability to focus on the work, and, patience. The only artist to have three shows at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, David Beck comes across as the smartest, most creative guy you knew in high school. He didn’t get a day job.

Learn more about David Beck at davidbeckartworks.com

Olympia Stone

stoneLG.jpgOlympia Stone is an award-winning independent producer, director and editor of documentary films. Her intimate portrait of the artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini, details his exhilarating quest to create an intricately detailed cardboard version of the Trevi fountain, which he intends to abandon to the elements. Broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2013-14, the film also won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013, and was an official selection at Sebastopol, Santa Fe and 18 other festivals. Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007) chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit.


The Southern Documentary Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Inspired by our core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers with professional support, fiscal sponsorship, and creative community. Click the logo below to learn more.




November 13 at 6:30pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Q&A to follow the film with the artist and filmmaker
8th and G Streets NW, Washington D.C.

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Eye Level - Smithsonian American Art Museum - November 11, 2014
Interview with Olympia Stone

The New York Times - October 30, 1998

The New York Times -February 06, 2004
"La Naturecanique"

Art In America - April, 1999
Michael Amy

Arts Magazine - April, 1980
"David Beck at Allan Stone"

National Museum of American Art
Dr. Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Chief Curator
"David Beck: A Contemporary Sensibility"

"Fauna and Figures: The World According to David Beck"
John Parks





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