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America Is Hard to See: Film & Video Screenings

Beat Life, Street Life

Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

The works in this screening present a varied set of personal, subjective reflections on urban life in the mid-twentieth century:

Helen Levitt (b. 1913, Brooklyn, NY; d. 2009, New York, NY), In the Street, 1952. 16mm film transferred to video, black-and-white, sound; 15 min. Purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee  2014.30

Robert Frank (b. 1924, Zurich, Switzerland), and Alfred Leslie (b. 1927, New York, NY), Pull My Daisy, 1959. 16mm film, black‑and‑white, sound; 28 min. Purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee  2014.132

David Bienstock (b. 1943, New York, NY; d. 1973, New York, NY), Nothing Happened This Morning, 1965. 16mm film transferred to video, black-and-white and color, sound, 21 min. Purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee 2015.116

Lucas Samaras (b. 1936, Kastoría, Greece), Self, 1969. 16mm film, color, sound; 23 min. Gift of the artist  2004.10

This screening is free with Museum admission.


Schedule

May 1, 11:45 am
May 30, 11 am
Aug 15, 2 pm
Aug 30, 2 pm
Sept 18, 11 am

David Bienstock, (1943-1973), film strip from Nothing Happened This Morning, 1965. 16mm film transferred to video, black-and-white and color, sound; 21 min. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee  T.2014.377 © 1965, David Bienstock; image courtesy the New American Cinema Group, Inc/The Film-Makers’ Cooperative

David Bienstock, (1943-1973), film strip from Nothing Happened This Morning, 1965. 16mm film transferred to video, black-and-white and color, sound; 21 min. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee  T.2014.377 © 1965, David Bienstock; image courtesy the New American Cinema Group, Inc/The Film-Makers’ Cooperative