“To watch Funny Girl now is to witness a born performer not only basking in her spotlight but confidently using it to hone her craft and flex her abilities. There is no tentativeness, no betrayal of her admitted inexperience. Streisand may have been new to this more understated medium, but the camera never diminishes Streisand so much as it actually magnetizes her larger-than-life presence." — Matthew Eng

Funny Girl opened 49 years ago today. Here’s how the sensational Barbra Streisand innovated a new type of film star.

On September 22, join us for a special screening of four historical films that dramatize Alexander Calder’s sculptures in motion and explore the artist’s relationship to cinema. The program will be introduced by curator and film scholar Victoria Brooks. Learn more on

[Alexander Calder, Work in Progress, Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, 1968. Cinematography by Giulio Gianini. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]