Finger in the Dike Productions

An Evening with Ken Jacobs

Aug 5, 2021


Courtesy the artist
  • MoMA, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

For more than 50 years, MoMA has been presenting the work of Ken Jacobs in nearly every imaginable context and format—from gallery installations and Nervous System performances to the projection of 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, and cutting-edge computer technologies of his own devising—but never before in our Sculpture Garden. This program, presented by the filmmaker himself, spans the entirety of Jacobs’s career, from The Whirled (1956–63) to the world premiere of Abstract Eternalism (2021), with otherworldly explorations of paintings by Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock in the intercises. The screening also celebrates the Kino Lorber release of The Ken Jacobs Collection, a Blu-ray box set of 13 works, including MoMA’s own digital restoration of Tom Tom the Piper’s Son (1969).

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.


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