Modern Mondays presents a surprising and provocative pairing of recent films—Stephen Prina’s The Way He Always Wanted It II (2008) and the U.S. premiere of Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe (2008)—that share a fascination with mid-century modernist design and the interplay of architecture, music, and the moving image. McElheny’s Island Universe, with an original score by Paul Schütze, is an incandescent and conceptually rigorous consideration of the origins of the universe as embodied in J. & L. Lobmeyr's famed Space Age chandeliers for New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Prina’s The Way He Always Wanted It II, which belongs to a constellation of works under the same name (photographs, watercolors, a video installation, and an unrealized sound installation from 1979), tracks its way through the domestic interior and snowy exterior of the architect Bruce Goff’s 1947 Ford House in Aurora, Illinois, with a score that Prina arranged and performed from fragments of Goff’s own musical compositions and private correspondence. Following the screening, which will be introduced by MoMA Associate Film Curator Joshua Siegel, McElheny and Prina will take part in an onstage conversation moderated by the novelist and critic Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius, A Comedy and the forthcoming short-story collection Someday This Will Be Funny.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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