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America Is Hard to See: Film & Video Screenings

Hardcore and Shutter Interface

Sat, Sept 5, 2015  7–8:30 PM

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

This special, one-night screening event brings together Walter De Maria’s rarely seen avant-garde Western Hardcore (1969) with Paul Sharits’s two-projection cinematic performance of Shutter Interface (1972). 

Jay Sanders, Curator and Curator of Performance, will introduce Hardcore as part of 99 Objects, a series of in-gallery programs each focused on a single work of art from the Whitney’s collection.

Walter De Maria (b. 1935, Albany, CA; d. 2013, Los Angeles, CA), Hardcore, 1969. 16mm film, color, sound; 26:31 min. Gift of Virginia Dwan 94.79

Paul Sharits (b. 1943, Denver, CO; d. 1993; Buffalo, NY), Shutter Interface, 1972. Two‑channel 16mm film, color, sound; 32 min. Purchase with funds from the Film and Video Committee 2000.263

This screening is free with Museum admission.

Walter De Maria (1935-2013), still from Hardcore, 1969. 16mm film installation, 28 min. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Virginia Dwan  94.79 © Walter De Maria 1969

Walter De Maria (1935-2013), still from Hardcore, 1969. 16mm film installation, 28 min. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Virginia Dwan  94.79 © Walter De Maria 1969