Film Screening

Thursday, March 04, 2010
Material and Illusion

Part of 75 Years in the Dark: A Partial History of Film at SFMOMA

Material and Illusion

Date + Time

Thursday, March 04, 2010
7:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Arnulf Rainer, Peter Kubelka, 1958-60, 6.5 min., 16mm
Mothlight, Stan Brakhage, 1963, 4 min., 16mm
A Man And His Dog Out For Air, Robert Breer, 1957, 3 min., 16mm
Colour Flight, Len Lye, 1938, 4 min., 16mm
Surfacing On The Thames, David Rimmer, 1970, 8 min., 16mm
Reverberation, Ernie Gehr, 1969, 23 min., 16mm
Castro Street, Bruce Baillie, 1966, 10 min., 16mm
Saugus Series, Pat O'Neill, 1974, 18 min., 16mm
A Study In Choreography For Camera, Maya Deren, 1945, 3 min., 16mm
Take The 5:10 To Dreamland, Bruce Conner, 1977, 6 min., 16mm
Frame Line, Gunvor Nelson, 1984, 22 min., 16mm

Total running time: 107 min.

This survey primarily features non-local, avant-garde artists (Bay Area filmmakers will be the focus of a major Pacific Film Archive and S.F. Cinematheque series in fall 2010). Most of these filmmakers, whose work appeared at the museum between 1965 and 1980, were absorbed with exploring the medium of film itself. This selection includes, among others, the pure abstraction of Peter Kubelka's flicker film, Stan Brakhage's seminal direct-film interplay of moths and plants, and David Rimmer and Ernie Gehr's meditations on the surface of the image. It then shifts to films that challenge the implied truth of what the camera records. The concluding film, Gunvor Nelson's Frame Line, contemplates various images to create a rumination on displacement. – Steve Anker


Introduction by Steve Anker, Dean Film/Video, CAL ARTS

Admission + Ticketing

Each program: $5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium).

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Bruce Conner, TAKE THE 5:10 TO DREAMLAND; courtesy of the Conner Family Trust; © Conner Family Trust.  Prints courtesy of Canyon Cinema, The Conner Family Trust, and New York Museum of Modern Art Circulating Film Library.