America Is Hard To See: Film And Video Screenings

Chronicles and Diaries

SAT, May 2, 2015
12–3 pm

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

Raphael Montanez Ortiz’s Newsreel (1958) appropriates archival news footage to create a fragmented and inverted view of history. Jonas Mekas’s Lost Lost Lost (1976) is an epic film diary recounting the artist’s coming of age in New York, living and working between an immigrant community and an artistic scene. Each of these films, though disparate, works to navigate personal and political American histories.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz (b. 1934, Brooklyn, NY), Newsreel, 1958. 16mm film transferred to video, black-and-white, sound; 1:40 min. Gift of the artist  2015.42

Jonas Mekas (b. 1922, Semeniškiai, Lithuania), Lost Lost Lost, 1976. 16mm film transferred to video, color and black‑and‑white, sound; 178 min. Purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee  2014.248

This screening is free with Museum admission.