Films: An Evening with Lewis Klahr

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An Evening with Lewis Klahr

An Evening with Lewis Klahr

81 Minute Running Time

Lewis Klahr will be presented with the 2013 Stan Brakhage Award by Phil Solomon on Sunday, November 10, at the Sie FilmCenter following the screening of several of his films. A reception in his honor follows.

“Lewis Klahr’s films unspool like Delphic visions or vignettes glimpsed in a crystal ball in which dream, memory, and history—and past, present, future, and phantom tenses—are indistinguishable,” writes Chris Stults in Film Comment magazine. “The necessity of interpretive engagement is crucial to the power of his work.”

Called the “reigning proponent of cut and paste” by J. Hoberman of The Village Voice, the master collagist has been making cutting-edge movies since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic experimental films and cutout animations. Far removed from from the smooth, illusionist techniques of hand-drawn or digital animation, Klahr’s collages move in fits and starts. The artist has called his work “the pastness of the present,” reanimating movie genres, consumer-culture ephemera, and pop sounds, revealing in the process that the outmoded and obsolete are still with us.

Klahr’s films have screened extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia—in prestigious venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Redcat, and in numerous film festivals, including New York, Toronto, Hong Kong, and London. He also has received commissions from European arts organizations in Copenhagen and Rotterdam. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Klahr, who was ranked fourth in a recent poll of the top 50 experimental filmmakers by Film Comment, teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.

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Films in Program...

  • Altair


    USA , 1995 , 8 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “Altair offers a cutout-animation version of color film noir. The images were culled from six late-’40s issues of Cosmopolitan magazine and set to an almost four-minute segment of Stravinsky’s Firebird (looped twice) to create a sinister, perfumed world.”—Lewis Klahr... more
  • Daylight Moon

    Daylight Moon

    USA , 2002 , 13 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “Of all the films I’ve made using collage … this one gets the closest to what I’m after,” says Lewis Klahr of his film, which Wexner Center for the Arts film curator Chris Stults called “one of the most exhilarating explorations of light, shadow, color, rhythm, and melancholy in recent cinema.”... more
  • Elsa Kirk

    Elsa Kirk

    USA , 1999 , 5 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr Lewis Klahr’s “hieroglyphic montage” trilogy began with photo contact sheets of three actress/models the filmmaker found in a New York thrift store. One was named and dated—Elsa Kirk, Feb 22 ’63. “I found myself intrigued by the strong sense of fiction and document in these photos,” says Klahr... more
  • Engram Sepals

    Engram Sepals

    USA , 2000 , 6 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “A Buddhist noir—the dead body remembers.”—Lewis Klahr... more
  • Her Fragrant Emulsion

    Her Fragrant Emulsion

    USA , 1987 , 11 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “An obsessional homage to the ’60s B-film actress Mimsy Farmer. The film’s visceral collage images act as a metaphor for sensuality and move in and out of sync with the soundtrack to evoke the distancing and intimacy cycles that are common in love relationships.”—Lewis Klahr... more
  • Pony Glass

    Pony Glass

    USA , 1997 , 15 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “The story of comic-book character Jimmy Olsen’s secret life. In this 15-minute cutout animation, Superman’s pal embarks on his most adult adventure ever as he navigates the treacherous shoals of early-’60s romance, trying to resolve a sexual identity crisis of epic proportions.”—Lewis Klahr... more
  • The Rain Couplets

    The Rain Couplets

    USA , 2012 , 14 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “Kiss the Rain and The Street of Everlasting Rain are part of The Rain Couplets, a new subset of my ongoing Prolix Satori project. Like my other Couplets, they grapple with romantic love, time, and the nuances of repetition.”—Lewis Klahr... more
  • Two Hours to Zero

    Two Hours to Zero

    USA , 2004 , 9 min.
    Director: Lewis Klahr “Two Hours to Zero is an ecstatic nine-minute Ben Day ballet accompanied by Rhys Chatham’s monumental Guitar Trio. Pure Pop for Noir people.”—Chris Stults, Film Comment... more
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