An artist-filmmaker who created an extensive body of work in numerous mediums, Sharits (1943–1993) was primarily engaged with color and the use of celluloid film as a material object. In addition to making numerous short films intended for theatrical viewing, Sharits was one of the earliest filmmakers to produce works for gallery installation, a form he referred to as “locationals.” Anthology Film Archives has been engaged in a long-term effort to conserve and restore Sharits’ innovative, explosive works for single-screen and multi-projector exhibition. This dynamic program, presented on Anthology’s Fortieth Anniversary and drawn from its collection, will focus on recently preserved films as well as some lesser-known titles from Sharits’ extensive oeuvre, including his earliest surviving work, Wintercourse (1962). The films will be introduced by Andrew Lampert, Archivist, Anthology Film Archives, and Jay Sanders, a curator, writer, and gallery director of Greene Naftali.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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