Visiting Artists - Fall 2016  TBA

LECTURE HALL 6 AT 7:30 (Unless otherwise noted) 

All Shows are free and open to The Public

Series Sponsored by Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean's Speakers Series.


Tuesday Sept 20th 2016

In Memoriam, Films by Peter Hutton. (1944-2006)

Peter Hutton, an experimental filmmaker noted for his contemplative, sensuous, masterfully photographed portraits of landscapes and cities, died on Saturday (June 25th 2016)  in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 71. All of his films were silent. Generally devoid of camera movement and montage, they suggest sketchbooks or photographic albums. Many are reveries in which the only animation in a precisely balanced composition might come from a wayward breeze or a slight shift in illumination. Most of his films were voluptuously monochromatic. – Jim Hoberman, The New York Time.


He also worked as a professional cinematographer, most notably for his former student Ken Burns. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hutton studied painting, sculpture, and film at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1987, Hutton was awarded Best Cinematography for his work on Phil Hartman's feature film "No Picnic" at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress selected "Study of a River" (which is owned be the Binghamton University Bartle Library) as one of 25 films annually chosen. He taught filmmaking at Bard College, where he served as the director of the Film and Electronic Arts Program since 1989. A retrospective of his films was shown at MoMA in 2008 and he also had work in the 1985, 1991, 1995, and 2004 Whitney Biennials. Last year he was included in a two-person show with James Benning at Miguel Abreu in New York. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, DAAD Berliner, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as a Dutch Film Critics Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.   Peter has previously presented his work at the Binghamton’s Visiting Artist Series.


The following films will be screened:

New York Near Sleep for Saskia, (1972)

Florence, (1975)

Study of a River, (1996-1997)

Lotz Symphony, (1991-1993)


Wednesday  Sept 28th 2016

Henry Hills,

“The Art of Collision”

Won Best Experimental Film award for film “Arcana” at Melbourne and Curtas Vilo do Conde in 2012, Henry Hills has been the subject of numerous retrospectives in North America and in Europe.

 “Henry Hills is a polymath, drawing in ideas from multiple disciplines… the avant-jazz and neo-art music of John Zorn, Elliott Sharp and Zeena Parkins, cut-up audio-workers like John Oswald and Christian Marclay, as well as the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, all of whom share with Hills an obsession with micro-syntax, the isolation of discrete units as signifying elements from which to construct discontinuous tapestries, crazy-quilts of shape and gesture.” — Michael Sicinski


Tuesday  Oct 25th 2016

Jesse McLean 

Mediated Realities (USA / 2008-2015)
This special presentation of works by leading avant-garde filmmaker Jesse McLean showcases her deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. Through deft use of collage, each of McLean’s videos subtly questions viewers’ associations with the information we consume daily, while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are reclaimed and transformed. Jesse McLean’s work has been shown at numerous festivals. museum and showcases across the US and Europe. She was a featured artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar and a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Her program will include:

Somewhere only we know, 2009, 5:00

The Invisible World – 2012, 20:00

Just Like Us – 2014, 15:00

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining – 2015, 14:20

See a Dog, Hear a Dog – 2016, 18:00


Tuesday  Nov  1st  2016

Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek  

SHIRLEY: VISIONS OF REALITY , 1 hour 30 minutes, 2013, Austria

Thirteen of Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought to vivid life by the film, which tells the story of a woman whose reflective and contemplative inner monologues offer insight on US history from the beginning of the 1930s through to the mid-1960s. According to director Gustav Deutsch, the film is about the staging of reality and the dialogue between painting and film. “An impressive cinematic recreation of images and moods.” (Hollywood Reporter) In English.




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Artists’ screenings are co-sponsored by Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series.

Info: 607-777-4998

Last Updated: 10/25/16