Visiting Artists - Spring 2015
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, March 17th - Mary Helena Clark
A filmmaker based in Berkeley, California, Mary Helena Clark's films explore genre
tropes, the materiality of film, and the pleasure of tromp l'oeil. Bringing together
observational, appropriated, staged and abstract footage, they operate on dream logic
until disrupted by moments of self-reflexivity. She has exhibited at the Wexner Center
for the Arts, the National Gallery of Art (DC), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Cleopatra's
(Brooklyn), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Brooklyn Museum of Art, and at the New York,
San Francisco International, Ann Arbor, BFI London, Toronto International, AFI, and
Hong Kong International Film Festivals.BACKLIGHT (2006)
Tuesday, March 24th - Robert Beavers
Robert Beavers is an American filmmaker best known for My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure, an epic cycle comprising 18 of his films (many later re-edited) made since 1967. Beavers's use of shaped mattes to obscure aspects of the image and gelatine filters that produce varieties of coloured light are hallmarks of some of his films, many of which observe hand- and craftwork (including his own filmmaking). Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Beavers attended Deerfield Academy before meeting the filmmaker Gregory J. Markopoulos in 1966. They moved to Europe in 1967 and removed their films from distribution; Beavers did not show his films in the United States again until 1996. Beavers made films in Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. He lives with the German filmmaker Ute Aurand in Berlin and in Massachusetts.
Tuesday, April 21st - Fern Silva
Fern Silva (b. 1982, Hartford, CT) uses film to create a cinematographic language for the hybrid mythologies of globalism. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, London, and New York Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, San Francisco Cinematheque, ICA/Boston, MCA/Chicago, and MOMA PS1. He studied filmmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College and is currently based in Chicago, IL where he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
These artists’ screenings are co-sponsored by Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series.