Abstract/Experimental Animation series from CVM continues at Guggenheim NY Feb 5 and 19

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 30 2010 - 11:51:02 PST

Held over by popular demand, CVM's abstract film series at the Guggenheim Museum, New York has two more dates, Feb 5 and 19 - this is our series accompanying the recent KANDINSKY exhibition. Due to incredible response 2 more screenings have been added. This program is all on film.

Nonobjective Films, 1920s–1950s
A program of films by artists supported by Hilla Rebay
Organized by 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, and 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-Objectiv!
 e Painting.

(16mm films)
Symphonie Diagonale, Viking Eggeling, 1921–24, b/w, silent
Film Studie, Hans Richter, 1926, b/w, sound, c. 4 min.
Tarantella, Mary Ellen Bute, 1940, color, sound, 4.5 min.
Film #7, Harry Smith, c. 1952, color, sound, 5 min.
Mobilcolor Performance at the Guggenheim Museum, Charles Dockum, 1952, color, silent, 7 min.
Séance, Jordan Belson, 1959, color, sound, 4 min.

(35 mm films)
Studie nr. 7, Oskar Fischinger, 1931, b/w, sound, 2.5 min.
Loops, Norman McLaren, 1940, color, sound, 3 min.
Allegretto, Oskar Fischinger, 1936–1943, color, sound, 2.5 min.
Radio Dynamics, Oskar Fischinger, 1942, color, silent, 4 min.

The Fischinger and Dockum films were preserved by Center for Visual Music. Most others are new prints. CVM thanks Cecile Starr and Robert Haller.

NOTE re these dates - a NEW series from CVM begins March 12 with different films, we'll announce closer to the date.

best regards,
Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music

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