Introduced by Hughes-Freeland
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
Animation cell from M. Henry Jones’s *Go Gi Girl*, c. 1978-81. Courtesy the artist

“In addition to the gore and schlock films screened at Club 57 there were also numerous film nights showcasing short films. These usually consisted of a variety of genres as well as gauges of films: projected from the back of the room onto a screen set up on the small stage. The audience sat on a roughly strewn arrangement of folding chairs or stood at the bar. In such a loosely structured, intimate environment, which was low on pressure and high on fun, the inevitable reel changes and downtime left plenty of time for the filmmakers and the audience to hang out and chat. As well as attending film screenings at the club, a film club that I was involved in, called the Reel Club, had to change venues from Danceteria, so the move to Club 57 was a logical one. This program includes films that were shown at the Reel Club as well as films that were first screened at Club 57, or by filmmakers who were regular participants in the film events that took place there. A mixture of animation and live action and a certain commentary on contemporary culture, these films represent the breadth of irony, which was crucial to the core of a Club 57 aesthetic” (Tessa Hughes-Freeland).

Program 77 min.

Devil Movie. 1982. USA. Directed by Barry Masterson. 16mm. 4 min.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Go Go Girl. 1978-81. USA. Directed by M. Henry Jones. 16mm. 3 min.

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

Henry VIII. 1985. USA. Directed by Susan Tremblay. 16mm. 2 min.

Courtesy the artist.

Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed. 1982. USA. Directed by Manuel Delanda. Digital video from 16mm. 12 min.

Courtesy of Manuel Delanda and Anthology Film Archives, New York.

Self-Conscious Guy. 1951. USA. Produced by Coronet Instructional Films. 16mm. 10 min.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Joker. 1983. USA. Directed by Tessa Hughes-Freeland. Digital video from Super8mm. 3 min.

Courtesy the artist.

Bandits. 1981. USA. Directed by Joey Ahlbum. 16mm. 7 min.

Courtesy of the artist.

Lost Portraits (excerpt). 1982-5. USA. Directed by Ricardo Nicolayevsky. Digital video from Super8mm and 16mm. Approximately 5 min.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Big Wack. 1983. USA. Directed by Julius Klein. Digital video from Super8mm. 4 min.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Robot Movie. 1985. USA. Directed by Fabio Roberti. Produced by DirectArt Ltd. 16mm. 4 min.

Courtesy of the artist.

Rhonda Gets Another Tattoo. 1982. USA. Directed by Alex Steyermark. Digital video from Super8mm. 3 min.

Courtesy the artist.

The Jones’. 1977. USA. Directed by Barry Shils, Steve Brown, Ellie Nagler. Digital video from 16mm. 20 min.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.