Visiting Artists - SPRING  2017 


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

All Shows are free and open to The Public

 Co-sponsored by the Cinema Department, Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series and the Broome County Arts Council. This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


Tuesday,  March 28th 2017

Ernie Gehr

“50 years ago I borrowed a movie camera and began to work with it.  Almost immediately, the process and results offered pleasure, a sense of discovery and a sense of internal balance. In addition, it became a force to counter loneliness, and other forces of darkness. Over the years, there have been some external rewards for the works I have created, such as opportunities for teaching, opportunities to show the work as well as befriend a few individuals near and far that otherwise I would never have met. For all of this I am very grateful, but the reasons for continuing to “work” to this very day have been the same as they were at the very beginning. The work for this evening is both “formal” and “personal”. The focus is on the phenomenology of the moving image, the materials and processes I work with as well as topics that I seem to return to time and again: early cinema, the urban landscape, and travel.” – Ernie Gehr


This screening program includes:

Sensations of Light (8 min., 2016)

Street Scenes (32 min., 2016)

Picture Taking (10 min., 2010)

Winter Morning (18 min., 2013)

A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!) (21 min., 2014)


“Ernie Gehr is a key figure in postwar American avant-garde filmmaking, best known for such experimental film works as Serene Velocity (1970) and Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991) (both of which are in MoMA’s collection). Gehr’s films dazzle the senses, but they are not mere eye candy; they touch deeper themes of human perception and consciousness, while at once subverting the illusion of continuity and movement that film affords the viewer. Due to the escalating costs of film production, Gehr began experimenting with digital video in 2001, and to date has created more than 70 digital works. Gehr has also found that digital media works outside the traditional theater setting.” – MoMA


Tuesday,  April 4th  2017

Lewis Klahr

 Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which use found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history. Klahr's films have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. Lewis Klahr lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Theater School of the California Institute of the Arts. Lewis Klahr's work is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London, UK.

 "Above all, Klahr's great subject is time, which certainly explains the exquisitely melancholy tone that pervades his work. He traffics in modes that are pitched just beyond the realm of reason. Somewhere between waking and sleeping, we can find that wavelength and achieve understanding-- only to have it slip away as we enter one state or the other. Klahr's films and videos provide a rare opportunity for us to engage with a liminal state of consciousness with our alert mind and to reach those "infrathin" moments that Proust describes as existing outside of time." – Chris Stults, Assistant Curator Film/Video Wexner Center for the Arts from "Collective Unconscious" an article in Film Comment, May/June 2010

 “Organized in 12 discrete chapters, “Sixty Six” is a milestone achievement, the culmination of Klahr’s decades-long work in collage filmmaking. With its complex superimpositions of imagery and music, and its range of tones and textures at once alluringly erotic and forebodingly sinister, the film is a hypnotic dream of 1960 and 70s Pop. Elliptical tales of sunshine noir and classic Greek mythology are inhabited by comic book super heroes and characters from Portuguese foto romans who wander through midcentury modernist Los Angeles architectural photographs and landscapes from period magazines. Sixty Six is the latest, and perhaps most magisterial, entry in Klahr’s open-ended digital series Prolix Satori, in which the artist mines his vast 30-year archive of collage materials. As the historian Tom Gunning observes, ‘Klahr’s films generate a blend of melancholy and desire from this interplay of grasping and losing, remembering and forgetting.’”— Josh Siegel, Film Curator MoMA


Sixty Six (90 min., 2002-2015) is written, directed, and collaged by Lewis Klahr, music by Mark Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius Inc.), Josh Rosen, Debussy and others, and narration by Andrea Leblanc.


Monday,  May 1st,  2017

John Knecht

 John Knecht has been a practicing film and video artist since 1973. The single channel work and multiple channel work are influenced by the artist’s childhood in rural Wisconsin. The culture of a German community of farmers and small town characters, combined with the fantastic bible stories learned in the basement of the Lutheran church remain influential in all of the work. The later exposure, still as a young man to the Hairy Who school and the larger Chicago Imagist school of art making in Chicago is also important to the work. The ongoing theme is the apocalypse. The one that has already happened, the current one and the one right around the corner. The work has always been made frame by frame, collaged, drawn or optically printed.


Knecht currently has a one person exhibiton of drawings and animations titled “after math” at Alexander-Heath Contemporary, Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia, through April 15, 2017 <>. Knecht had a one person exhibition titled “Animating Destiny: Electric Paintings and Other Works” at the Esther Massry Gallery of the College of Saint Rose in 2016 <>. Other recent exhibitions include “Considering the Probability of Divine Intervention”, a five channel installation at the Llewellyn Gallery at Alfred State College; “Fragments from the Wheels of Ezekiel”, a fifteen channel installation at the Everson Museum; four animation panels from that series were recently purchased by the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute for its permanent collection. 205 Hudson Street Gallery, NYC, “A History of the Experimental Television Center”; Westbeth Gallery, NYC “Triacontagon: 30 Years of the Artists Fellowship Program at NYFA; The “Urban Video Project”, an undertaking of,  Syracuse University, Light Works Gallery and the Everson Museum.


John Knecht holds Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Art & Art History and Film & Media Studies, Emeritus at Colgate University. Knecht lives and Works in Hubbardsville, New York.


Last Updated: 4/20/17