Political, subversive, wickedly funny, wildly imaginative—this doesn’t even begin to describe the films and videos that Creative Capital has supported and nurtured over the past eleven years. Since 1999, the New York–based national nonprofit has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to more than four hundred artists in a variety of disciplines. Recognizing the extraordinary contribution that Creative Capital has made to sustaining art of the highest quality in the United States, and in keeping with its spirit of risk-taking experimentation, MoMA presents a selection of some of the most original, impassioned, and rebellious films and videos that Creative Capital has funded until now, along with premieres of new works including Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation’s whiteonwhite:randomthriller [alphaversion] (2010), Peter Sillen’s I Am Secretly an Important Man (2010), Erin Cosgrove’s Happy Am I (2010), and Glenda Wharton’s The Zo (2010). The exhibition features fictional narratives and documentaries, animated and experimental shorts, and live moving-image performances. It opens on April 30 with an exclusive, one-night-only presentation of Braden King’s HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ] (2010), a hybrid film-concert starring Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal, with a live score by Michael Krassner and the Boxhead Ensemble.
Other artists represented include Natalia Almada, Craig Baldwin, Roddy Bogawa, Bill Brown, Jem Cohen, Sandi DuBowski, James Duesing, Kevin Jerome Everson, Jeanne C. Finley, Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre, Jackie Goss, Joe Gibbons, Brent Green, Sam Green and Bill Siegel, Lewis Klahr, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Kalup Linzy, Sharon Lockhart, Bill Morrison, Christopher Munch, Spencer Nakasako, Suzan Pitt, Laura Poitras, Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley, Alex Rivera, Jeff Scher, Phil Solomon, Ela Troyano, Naomi Uman, David Wilson, The Yes Men, and Caveh Zahedi.
Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, with Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator, Department of Film. Special thanks to Ruby Lerner, Sean Elwood, Kemi Ilesanmi, Edith Bolton, Paul Sepuya, and Esther Robinson.