Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
May 8–9, 2011
The rich history of Bay Area avant-garde cinema goes back to the 1940s, when Frank Stauffacher began the influential film series Art in Cinema, followed soon after by Sidney Peterson’s collaborative film workshops. Some artists, such as Leslie Thornton, made works during relatively brief stays around San Francisco, while others, such as Bruce Conner, James Broughton, Gunvor Nelson, and George Kuchar, developed long-term careers in the area. Many began as poets, painters, and sculptors, but as the 1960s moved into the 1970s, more and more came to identify themselves primarily as film- or videomakers. The wave of artists who adopted the emerging technology of video as their principal tool of expression included Max Almy, Doug Hall, Ant Farm, and Marlon Riggs.
The curators and some of the artists and contributors to the book will be present at selected screenings. Three additional programs in this series will be presented at Anthology Film Archives.
Organized for MoMA by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, and Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.