Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Tonight! Yael Bartana, Film & Discussion

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Yael Bartana And Europe Will Be Stunned

Don’t miss the one-time screening of Yael Bartana’s provocative film trilogy …And Europe Will Be Stunned (2007–11), which imagines the rise of the Jewish Renaissance Movement when 3.3 million Jews move back to Poland. Yael Bartana will discuss the films and answer your questions (5:30–6:30 p.m.: Happy Hour near the artist’s installation at the Grand Staircase; 7–8:30 p.m.: Screening and conversation in the CMA Theater; Cost: $10. Includes admission and one drink ticket).

Also, don’t miss Bartana’s film Summer Camp as part of the 2013 Carnegie International.

And be sure to attend this weekend’s symposium “A Collection of Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum,” presented by Carnegie Museum of Art and designed to encourage discourse about the practical and philosophical issues of building, maintaining, exhibiting, and preserving time-based media art collections. Details, register, program

Last week to Cast Your Vote!!!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

2MFF countdown
The third installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art is fast approaching, and with only a week left, it’s time for you to rock the vote. For the first time in the history of the festival, we are asking our friends from all stops along the Information Superhighway to help us choose the 2MFF People’s Choice. We have made all 32 videos chosen for the festival available on our website for viewing and voting by you and anyone else in the blogosphere. This year’s theme, “At Play,” inspired submissions from all over the globe that run the gamut of cinematic forms, but you only get ONE VOTE, so be sure to think long and hard before casting your ballot. Online voting will be live right up to the festival screening on Thursday, July 18 (mark your calendars!), and the video that garners the most votes will be rewarded with a fantastic selection of film-centric prizes. Vote virtually, then come actually to watch the short films on the big screen in our courtyard, with a beer and burger in hand. The clock is ticking!

To vote, and for more information on the evening’s events, visit the 2MFF website:

Tweet us your most playful 6-second Vine using the hashtag #2mff for a chance to be featured on our website!

Philip Leers, Senior Research Associate Time-Based Media Collection

The Film Collection – On view through March 2014

Friday, June 28th, 2013
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Still from Harry Smith’s Heaven and Earth Magick, 1962

This month we opened our new and improved modern and contemporary collection galleries. The installation is a component of the 2013 Carnegie International (as is the Playground Project, which also opened this month in the Heinz Architectural Center) and highlights the major role the International has played in forming the museum’s collection. As the show has been curated by different individuals over its nearly 120 year history, and as those individuals have chosen to acquire certain things rather than others, the collection has a unique character reflective of personal tastes and interests.  Sometimes major artists were missed, but with the benefit of hindsight, the museum has continued to fill in the gaps through new acquisitions. Works that weren’t in Internationals past are included in the reinstallation as well, to create a cohesive presentation of many of our best works.

Film and video is one facet of artistic practice that showed up late on the International‘s radar, appearing for the first time in the 1985 iteration. In the meantime, the Film and Video department was doing really innovative things, bringing some of the most important filmmakers to Pittsburgh to present their work and building an outstanding collection. Rethinking the collection galleries has given us the opportunity to make room for this frequently overlooked segment of our holdings (and history), so we’ve built an elegant new “black box” space in gallery 14.  Over the course of the next 8 months–through the run of the International– this gallery will be home to a roughly chronological, rotating program of works by 11 major artists (see the full upcoming schedule after the jump). Most of the films that will be on view were acquired during the Film and Video department’s first ten years (1970-1980), and some were presented in person by the filmmaker.

First up: Harry Smith‘s Heaven and Earth Magick (1962), a surreal collage film composed from Victorian-era catalogues and exercise manuals that Smith produced over a period of five years using a randomizing selection process called sortilege, inspired by the Surrealist practice of automatic writing.  Smith adopted a strategic regimen of sleep deprivation, working to the point of exhaustion and then transferring his dreams to film upon waking. The resulting animation revolves around a male magus character who, after injecting a female figure with magic potion, finds she has disintegrated and must be reassembled.

Heaven and Earth Magic includes references to the Kabbalah, 19th-century philology, and the writings of Dr. Wilder Penfield on open-brain surgery and the concept of the Homunculus, evincing Smith’s nearly encyclopedic knowledge of esoterica and mysticism. The artist was an avid collector of everything from pop-up books and forgotten folk records (he famously compiled the Anthology of American Folk Music, released in 1952) to Native American costumes, string figures, and Fabergé eggs. His interest in ethnic artifacts and everyday ephemera, as well as obscure forms of knowledge and the occult, was rooted in a search for universality underlying the diversity of human endeavor.

Stop by and see the film before July 8th, when we’ll switch it out for a compilation of Kenneth Anger‘s early work.


Pramod Pati, Abid (1970)

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Ian Finch, Associate Editor for Publications here at Carnegie Museum of Art, just sent me this link to Abid (1970). Amazing, right? Pramod Pati (1932–1975) was an Indian filmmaker.


Friday, May 17th, 2013

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This summer, Carnegie Museum of Art will be presenting the third installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival.  The festival is always one of our favorite events, bringing in crowds of people to the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Court  to see how much creativity can be fit into 120 seconds.  This year’s theme, in keeping with the upcoming International, is “At Play,” and in addition to the outdoor screening we will be offering a number of playful activities as a part of our monthly Culture Club series, giving each visitor the opportunity to make their own short film.  The event will take place on Thursday, July 18, so mark your calendars!

You are invited to submit your most creative, most innovative, briefest video engaging in some way with the notion of play to the 2MFF.  Each selected entry will eligible for People’s Choice and Juror’s Choice prizes, and for the first time this year, films chosen for the festival screening will also be made available on the 2MFF website, where visitors will be able to vote for their favorite prior to the event. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 21, 2013.

If you can’t wait until July to watch some short films, we will be making promotional  6-second videos for the event and posting them on Vine.  Be sure to follow us, and submit your own Vine using hashtag #2MFF.

Philip Leers, Senior Research Associate
Time-Based Media Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art