Jem Cohen: Recent Work

April 4–13, 2003

MoMA

Instrument. 1999. USA. Directed by Jem Cohen

This exhibition of recent work by the New York–based filmmaker Jem Cohen features a one-time theatrical presentation on April 4, copresented with Eyebeam Atelier, of Chain Times Three (2002), a three-projector panoramic triptych that creates a “superlandscape” from malls, highways, franchises, and corporate centers across the globe. Shot over six years, the project weaves together documentary and fiction, and includes original music by Godspeed You Black Emperor!, the Montreal band performing with Cohen’s live film projections at the Bowery Ballroom on April 1 and 2, and at Warsaw in Brooklyn on April 3 and 4.

Accompanying this special event are screenings on April 13 of Cohen’s two other recent feature films: Benjamin Smoke (2000), and Instrument (1999). Cohen has worked extensively with musicians, including R.E.M., Elliott Smith, Jonathan Richman, and Vic Chesnutt, and is the recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships and many international film festival prizes. He will introduce all three screenings, followed by a Q&A session.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media.

Special thanks to Cowboy Pictures, Eyebeam Atelier, ACMI, and Gravity Hill for their loan of prints and equipment.

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