James Franco, actor
Frank Smigiel, associate curator of public programs, SFMOMA
Carter, 2008, 63 min., video transfer from 16mm
Image: Carter, Erased James Franco, 2008; photo by Charles Duprat; courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York and Yvon Lambert, Paris
Riffing on Robert Rauschenberg’s iconic Erased de Kooning Drawing (1958), multimedia artist Carter presents actor James Franco stripped of the sureties of his craft and transformed into an almost sculptural object. Erased James Franco finds Franco covering banal scenes from his own films, as well as segments of Julianne Moore’s scenes in Todd Haynes’s Safe and Rock Hudson’s in John Frankenheimer’s Seconds. Carter and Franco join SFMOMA Associate Curator of Public Programs Frank Smigiel for a post-screening conversation about film, celebrity, identity, and art.