*Nymphomania*. 1994. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Holly Adams. Courtesy the artists

This program chronicles a decade-and-a-half in Cinema of Trangression (echoing two programs guest-curated by filmmaker and New York Film Festival Downtown [1984–88] cofounder Tessa Hughes-Freeland on March 24). Building on earlier screenings in this series featuring Nick Zedd's gory set pieces and Richard Kern's arty provocations, these films by Hughes-Freeland and others illuminate multiple strategies explored under the loose banner of Trangression, with its mash-up of avant-garde and hardcore film, music, and performance cultures.

Play Boy relies on rephotographed porno and movie footage in a peep show loop that doubles as a commentary on voyeurism, a motif Hughes-Freeland and Ela Troyano further exploit in Playboy Voodoo’s celluloid-collage celebration of female self-pleasure. Using footage of his own, Manuel DeLanda’s Super 8 images of graffiti in late 1970s New York take on surrealist and subversive qualities under Harry Smith's editing direction. On the narrative front, Baby Doll chronicles the lives of two topless dancers, while Nymphomania, created with Holly Adams, delights in the exaggerated perversion of sexual appetites as recast from classical mythology. Tommy Turner and Hughes-Freeland's Rat Trap is an equivocal but indelible depiction of drug taking. Closing the program, the Jane Gone music film, with local rockers The Workdogs, nods at multiple-projection, hybrid, and expanded presentations of the moving image throughout the scene's heyday.

Program approx. 60 min.

Baby Doll. 1982. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland. 16mm. 3 min.

Courtesy the artist. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Play Boy. 1984. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland. Digital video from Super 8mm. 12 min.

Courtesy the artist.

ISMISM. 1979. USA. Directed by Manuel de Landa. 16mm. 7 min.

Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Rat Trap. 1986. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Tommy Turner. With Billy Mauerson. 16mm from Super 8mm. 12 min.

Courtesy the artist. Preserved by the Fales Library & Special Collections.

Playboy Voodoo. 1991. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Ela Troyano. Music by John Zorn. 16mm. 11 min.

Courtesy the artists.

Nymphomania. 1994. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Holly Adams. With Adams, Bob Mook. Digital video from Super 8mm. 9 min.

Courtesy the artists.

Jane Gone. 1987. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland. Music video for The Workdogs. Digital video from Super 8mm. 7 min.

Courtesy the artist.

  1. Sunday, March 25,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, March 23,
    7:00 p.m.

    Introduced by Tessa Hughes-Freeland
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2