Honoring Shirley Clarke- Shirley Clarke: In Our Time

Buy Tickets: Friday February 1, 5:30pm

SHIRLEY CLARKE: IN OUR TIME (1987-90) 60min Director: Donna Cameron Country: USA In this moving tribute to her friend and colleague Shirley Clarke, Cameron brilliantly uses collage to fashion a focused but dizzying trip through…’Our Time’…while creating a personal, affectionate portrait of Clarke. The home movies of Clarke’s childhood are the idyllic center of the piece, but Cameron constructs a disruptive world through found footage that envelops the core images. Director Donna Cameron will attend and participate in a post-screening discussion with former Museum of Modern Art senior film curator Laurence Kardish. Screening with BULLFIGHT (1955) 9min Director: Shirley Clarke Country: USA Working with the modern dancer Anna Sokolow, Clarke parallels the sense of spectacle and the real violence of an actual bullfight with a dance interpretation of the emotional experience, using a distillation of the ritual gestures we see photographed in the Spanish bull ring. In her intense interpretation, Sokolow embodies both matador and bull, both executioner and the sacrifice, to Norman Lloyd’s evocative score. Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, The Circulating Film and Video Library. BRIDGES-GO-ROUND (1958) 8min Director: Shirley Clarke Country: USA In this film, Manhattan Island becomes a maypole around which its bridges, detached from moorings and land, execute a bewitching dance. Clarke has freed these formidable structures from their everyday functions and magically set them to dancing to two different musical tracks, one jazz and one electronic, so that each track affects viewer’s response to the imagery. With music by Teo Macero, Louis and Bebe Barron. Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, The Circulating Film and Video Library. MEDITATION FOR A LONELY FLUTE (2011) 4min Director: Donna Cameron Country: USA Conceived by Fredrick Kaufman during his service in the Israeli army during the Yom Kippur War, this chromatic vision of the desert transcends the bloodshed, the cold and the heat of the moment and meditates on the magic of the surrounding desert’s sounds and sands. Music by Fredrick Kaufman. Flute: Adeline Tomasone.
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