“Chris Langdon is the first punk filmmaker and the most important unknown filmmaker in the history of the Los Angeles avant-garde” (Thom Andersen). A star pupil of John Baldessari and Pat O’Neill at CalArts in the 1970s, and a classmate of David Salle, Jack Goldstein, James Welling, Barbara Bloom, Matt Mullican, and Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens, Chris Langdon made roughly 40 films, as well as paintings, assemblage, lithographs, and photographs, that are celebrated for their irreverence, intelligence, and originality. After a decades-long absence from the screen, many of her 16mm films have been recently restored by the Academy Film Archive and will have their New York premiere in this joint presentation of Modern Mondays and To Save and Project (see page 21). Langdon (American, b. 1952), together with Academy Film Archive preservationist Mark Toscano, introduces a program of these newly restored films, including Bondage Girl (1973), Picasso (1973), and The Last Interview with P. Passolini (1976), followed by an onstage conversation with the artist David Salle.
The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2