The next installment of Live Cinema focuses on the video work of Italian artist Anita Sieff. Inspired by filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard and Luchino Visconti, Sieff explores in non-linear narratives the interactions between disparate characters bestowed with allegorical qualities. Staged primarily in New York and Venice, her films are constructed as a reflection on the nature of contemporary interpersonal relations. This will be Sieff’s first solo exhibition in an American museum.
Live Cinema is a series of programs in the Film and Video Gallery that explores the vast production of single-channel video and film work by a diverse group of local, national, and international artists. In the last decade an increasing number of contemporary artists have appropriated these mediums as an artistic outlet, in a dialogue with the early video and Super 8 practices of the sixties and the tradition of experimental filmmaking. Each program of the Live Cinema series focuses on a specific aspect of this work, in order to both map and analyze this important facet of contemporary art production. Certain programs are accompanied by a brochure in which guest writers discuss the works exhibited, and by public lectures given by the participating artists.
October 3, 2008, 6 PM
Seminar Room In dialogue: Anita Sieff and Carlos BasualdoCurators:Carlos Basualdo, Curator of Contemporary Art and Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art Location: Video Gallery, 179
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