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Tang Teaching Museum to Present a Fall Film Series – “Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video”

Whether you’re a cineaste or someone who simply enjoys watching experimental films and videos, you won’t want to miss out on the Tang Teaching Museum’s upcoming fall film series titled Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video. Starting October 7, there will be six programs in this series, each featuring classic and contemporary works in experimental film and video.

Film still of Bruce Conner’s Crossroads, 1976

The Six Programs

Each of the upcoming programs in this series will include film screenings in the Somers Classroom at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. Each event is free and open to the public to attend.

Below, you’ll find the dates and times for each program, as well as some info about the featured films and videos.

1. Saturday, October 7 (4pm) – Five Films by Bruce Conner

Filmmaker Bruce Conner (1933-2008) is best known for his work in found-object assemblages. He employed a pioneering quick-cut method that incorporated footage from a variety of sources. This program will feature five of his works.

2. Thursday, October 26 (7pm) – Contemporary Experiments in Animation

Enjoy watching five avant-garde animations by contemporary animators who employed widely different approaches, including stop motion, collage, CGI, and emojis. The program will feature videos by Hank Willis Thomas, Kambui Olujimi, Carla Gannis, Harun Farocki, Helen Marten, and Christina Grupposo.

3. Saturday, November 4 (4pm) – Cubist Film Tradition

Learn about the cubist film tradition by watching some early avant-garde shorts by three European filmmakers – Fernard Léger, Hans Richter, and Oskar Fischinger. These shorts are recognized as some of the most influential experiments in film history.

4. Saturday, November 11 (4pm) – Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

Come see one of the most influential works by legendary avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961). The documentary focuses on her visits to Haiti to learn more about dance and possession in Haitian Vodou.

5. Thursday, November 16 (7pm) – twohundredfiftysixcolors

This program will feature twohundredfiftysixcolors, an experimental film by Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus that is made up entirely of animated GIFs. The film screening will include a live improvised musical accompaniment by Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle.

6. Saturday, December 2 (4pm) – The Underground World of Mike and George Kuchar

Get ready to watch some whimsical and outrageous art movies by the Kuchar brothers – Mike and George. Each brother is a prominent avant-garde filmmaker, and this program will feature three of their separate works.

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