An Evening with Ernie Gehr

Monday, October 29, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • Serene Velocity

    1970. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. Carefully timed edits work with human persistence of vision as two perfectly framed shots of an office hallway metamorphose into a profound and otherworldly meditation on lines and squares. Preserved by MoMA in 35mm with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Silent. 23 min.

  • Side/Walk/Shuttle

    1991. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. The city of San Francisco, shot from within a glass elevator, seems to perform gravity defying acts through simple visual manipulation. 41 min.

Ernie Gehr discusses two structuralist masterpieces separated by twenty years—Serene Velocity (1970) and Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991)—and relates them to his interest in pre-cinema objects and the artists who invented a "cinema of attractions," as evidenced in Gehr's works in Panoramas of the Moving Image.

In the Film exhibitions Ernie Gehr: Moving Image Minimalist and Modern Mondays

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