<i>in complete world.</i> 2008. USA. Directed by Shelly Silver. Image courtesy Shelly Silver

Shelly Silver

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Join leading contemporary artists as they discuss their work, the creative process, and issues in contemporary art.

Shelly Silver, a New York–based artist who utilizes video, film, and photography, screens and discusses in complete world (2008), a feature-length documentary made up of street interviews done throughout New York City. Mixing political questions ("Are we responsible for the government we get?") with more broadly existential ones ("Do you feel you have control over your life?"), the film centers on the tension between individual and collective responsibility. in complete world can be seen as a user's manual for citizenship in the twenty-first century, as well as a glimpse into the opinions and self-perceptions of a diverse group of Americans. It is a testament to the people of New York City in this new millennium who freely offer thoughtful, provocative and at times tender revelations to a complete stranger, just because she asked. Silver currently teaches at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Sciences and in the MFA Department of Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts. Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, moderates a discussion.

Tickets ($10; members, corporate members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) are available online, at the Information Desk in the main lobby, at the Film Desk after 4:00 p.m., and at the Cullman Desk in the Education and Research Building one hour before the start of the program.

Tickets ($10; members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) are available online, or at the lobby information desk and the Film desk.