In 1941, 21 year old Elizabeth Rockwell opened a gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This little gallery 'Outlines' showcased the works of now iconic artists such as Alexander Calder, John Cage, Maya Deren, Merce Cunningham, designers Charles Eames, Eero Saarinenand Jens Risom, and many other pioneers of the avant garde movement at a time when most people considered their art to be controversial and even communistic.
Outlines featured performances, lectures, music and film and hosted many exhibits before it was finally forced to close its doors in 1947 due to lack of support.
The documentary traces all the remaining people who attended the Outlines gallery--so many have passed away. Artists like Phillip Pearlstein, Saul Lieter, and more touch on the gallery. There is also expert and historical reflection from renowned names in modern art like Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong, Eric Shiner (director of The Warhol Museum), Dan Byers, and more.
The film tells Betty's story and places her art gallery square in the center of art history's known timeline, potentially changing it forever.