Ernie Gehr at MOMA

From: Ryan Marino (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 16 2007 - 18:07:53 PDT

I just came across these up coming screenings that I thought might be of interest to some people,

                          Four by Ernie Gehr
 Filmed mostly at the old Fulton Fish Market, in diners around that downtown area, and in the subway, these exquisitely framed images of New York in the 1970s are mostly low-angle or hip-level shots of exceptional presence and texture. When the last part of this quartet of films suddenly bursts into Kodachrome color, it is shocking—but also fitting and perfectly timed. Once conceived as part of a larger work but then abandoned, the 16mm footage was resurrected nearly thirty years later: transferred to digital video at the correct film-projection speed of sixteen frames per second and edited into four separate sections that together channel a mournful difference between then and now.
                                    Essex Street Market. 2004. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. 29 min.
                                         Noon Time Activities. 2004. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. 21 min.
                                         Workers Leaving the Factory (after Lumière). 2004. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. 12 min.
                                         Greene Street. 2004. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. 5 min. Program 67 min.
                                             Monday, September 17, 2007, 8:30 p.m., Theater 2, T2
                          Saturday, September 22, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

An Evening with Ernie Gehr
                          Ernie Gehr discusses two structuralist masterpieces separated by twenty years—Serene Velocity (1970) and Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991)—and relates them to his interest in pre-cinema objects and the artists who invented a "cinema of attractions," as evidenced in Gehr's works in Panoramas of the Moving Image.
                                    Serene Velocity. 1970. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. Carefully timed edits work with human persistence of vision as two perfectly framed shots of an office hallway metamorphose into a profound and otherworldly meditation on lines and squares. Preserved by MoMA in 35mm with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Silent. 23 min.
                                         Side/Walk/Shuttle. 1991. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. The city of San Francisco, shot from within a glass elevator, seems to perform gravity defying acts through simple visual manipulation. 41 min. Program Approx. 90 min.
                                             Monday, October 29, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2


-Ryan Marino

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