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“From Vault to Screen” continues this weekend at National Gallery of Art

Posted August 15th, 2014 in News / Events













For the entire summer, our friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. are going to be sketching a kaleidoscopic history of the Canyon Cinema Foundation with their eight-part program “From Vault to Screen.” The series continues this week with two screenings.

This is a great opportunity to become acquainted with Canyon’s history–and it stands as a testament to the ongoing vitality of our collection. For full program information, click here!

A Minor Cinema

August 16 at 2:30
West Building Lecture Hall

In response to the inaugural International Experimental Film Congress held in Toronto in 1989, film scholar Tom Gunning published the influential essay “Towards A Minor Cinema: Fonoroff, Herwitz, Ahwesh, Lapore, Klahr and Solomon.” Focusing on the work of those young experimental filmmakers, Gunning argued that theirs was a practice that embraced the “outsider” status of personal cinema: “I believe that these filmmakers profoundly understand their place in film history and in the economic realities of film distribution and exhibition. These films assert no vision of conquest, make no claims to hegemony.” Including The Secret Garden (Phil Solomon, 1988); The Sleepers (Mark Lapore, 1989); Department of the Interior (Nina Fonoroff, 1986); and Nocturne (Peggy Ahwesh, 1998), among other titles. (Total running time approximately 90 minutes)

Art World Crossover

August 17 at 4:00
West Building Lecture Hall

The gallery space and the screen as exhibition sites are very often synonymous, as evidenced by this program of experimental films by artists lauded for their work in both the white cube and the black box. Titles include Scotch Tape (Jack Smith, 1959 – 1962); Standard Time (Michael Snow, 1967); Passage à l’acte (Martin Arnold, 1993); and . . . Remote . . . Remote . . . (VALIE EXPORT, 1973), among others. (Total running time approximately 95 minutes)