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November 1

Dematerializing Cinema – The Films of Lawrence Weiner

One of the pioneers of post-minimal conceptual art, Lawrence Weiner (1942- ) is best known for his influential language-based work, especially his wall installations that treat words and phrases as a sculptural and architectural medium. Weiner's strategic installations of vivid phrases across gallery, museum or public spaces point towards the dematerialization of art, deliberately challenging habitual assumptions about the experience, permanence and market value assigned to art. Long celebrated in Europe, Weiner was finally given a major and critically acclaimed forty-year retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2007.

In addition to his language sculptures, Weiner has long been interested in film and since the early 1970s has created a substantial body of intensely stylized and experimental films that question the artistic limits and possibilities of the cinema. Alternately quirky and deadly serious, Weiner's rarely screened films offer a fascinating compliment to his installation work by exploring language and performance as modes of time-based sculptural practice.

This program is presented together with the List Visual Art Center, MIT and in coordination with the installation of Lawrence Weiner's new sculpture on MIT's campus. We are pleased that Lawrence Weiner will join us to discuss his unique work and approach to cinema.

Special thanks Lawrence and Alice Weiner; Patricia Fuller, Public Art Curator, MIT List Visual Art Center. Special support provided by the Academy Foundation of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Special Event Tickets $10
Saturday November 1 at 7pm


Done To

Directed by Lawrence Weiner, Appearing in Person
1974, 16mm, color, 20 min.


Altered to Suit

Directed by Lawrence Weiner, Appearing in Person
1979, 16mm, b/w, 23 min.



Passage to the North

Directed by Lawrence Weiner, Appearing in Person
1981, 16mm, color, 16 min.



Reading Lips

Directed by Lawrence Weiner and Steen Møller Rasmussen.
1997, 16mm, color, 11 min.

 

 Listen to this evening's introduction, discussion and Q&A.

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