♦ The MFAH remembers Robert Frank, who died on September 9, 2019. The Museum began collecting his photographs in the early 1980s and serves as the distributor of his film and video. Learn More ♦

The new release Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank presents a candid perspective on legendary artist Robert Frank (1924–2019). Produced on the occasion of the 2004 exhibition Robert Frank: Storylines at the Tate Modern in London, this revelatory documentary is only now being shown in the United States.

In the film, Frank reflects on his personal life and his career in photography and film. Extraordinary scenes with Frank’s second wife, artist June Leaf, reveal decades of creative exchange and support through the tragedies Frank has experienced. Brimming with photographs and film excerpts, the thoughtful documentary features candid observations from its reluctant subject.

“An intimate . . . portrait of a great American photographer and filmmaker. Fascinating.” —Variety

“Well worth the wait.” —Los Angeles Times

“Beautiful loneliness, as the film suggestively reveals, is a texture that Frank knows all too well.” —Slant

Also Screening: Friday & Sunday, September 20 & 22, after Leaving Home, Coming Home
• Energy and How to Get It
(Directed by Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer & Gary Hill, USA, 1981, 28 min.) This pseudo-documentary about fusion experiments by real-life Nicolai Tesla admirer Robert Golka features writer William S. Burroughs, filmmaker Robert Downey, and musician Dr. John.
• Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel
(Directed by Robert Frank, USA, 2017, 11 min.) Artist Harry Smith occupied a tiny room in New York’s Breslin Hotel until it was sold, compelling him to pack up his extraordinary array of possessions.

Also Screening: 7 p.m. Saturday, September 21, before Leaving Home, Coming Home
• Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank
Introduction by Anne Wilkes Tucker, MFAH curator emerita
(Directed by Amy and Philip Brookman, USA, 1986, 28 min.) Produced by the MFAH and KUHT for the exhibition Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia, this documentary features memorable interviews with Frank and many of his contemporaries, including Emile de Antonio, Louis Faurer, Allen Ginsberg and Jonas Mekas. Leaving Home, Coming Home follows at 8 p.m.

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Gerald Fox
Running Time
85 minutes
Digital (CC), Color