Nov 6 and 20 - CVM film series at Guggenheim New York

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Nov 05 2009 - 10:40:15 PST

TOMORROW, Friday Nov 6, 2pm, and again on Nov 20, in New York - An accompanying program to the Guggenheim's KANDINSKY exhibition.

Nonobjective Films, 1920s-1950s
A program of artists supported by Hilla Rebay
Organized by the Center for Visual Music

In the 1940s, curator and founding director Hilla Rebay planned to establish a film center at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, which later became the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, to collect and promote nonobjective films. She awarded grants to artists and presented programs of short experimental films. With the help of Oskar Fischinger, an elaborate film center was planned to include studios and planetarium-style projection capability. Although unrealized, Rebay's support enabled many filmmakers to continue their work in abstract film. This program presents short films by filmmakers whose work was screened and/or supported by Rebay, including Jordan Belson, Mary Ellen Bute, Charles Dockum, Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren, Hans Richter, Harry Smith, among others. Having experimented with nonobjectivity, many of these artists were familiar with the work of Vasily Kandinsky, one of its most famous practitioners, having seen his paintings at the Museum of Non-Objective Pa!

2 pm, 16mm films
2:30 pm, 35mm films

New Media Theater, free with Museum admission (we're told you can access this via the gallery with Kandinsky's works on paper)

Nov 6 and 20, then 2 December dates; program also screens in January at the upcoming Kandinsky symposium.

Symphonie Diagonale, Viking Eggeling, 1921-24
Film Studie, Hans Richter, 1926
Tarantella, Mary Ellen Bute, 1940
Film no. 7, Harry Smith, c.1952
Mobilcolor Performance at the Guggenheim Museum, Charles Dockum, 1952
Séance, Jordan Belson, 1959

Studie no. 7, Oskar Fischinger, 1931
Loops, Norman McLaren, 1940
Allegretto, Oskar Fischinger, 1936-1943
Radio Dynamics, Oskar Fischinger, 1942

Almost all are new prints; the Fischingers and Dockum are new prints from CVM's recent preservation projects. CVM also thanks Cecile Starr and Robert Haller.

Cindy Keefer


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