Pittsburgh’s Avant-Garde Pt. 1 - Seeing With Experimental Eyes: Stan Brakhage’s Pittsburgh Trilogy

Oct 18


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Wed, Oct 18

Original 16mm prints, FREE event

This two-part microcinema series commemorates important avant-garde films made with the support of Pittsburgh Filmmakers in the 1970s-90s. This selection explores sensual, tactile, shocking images and rarely seen works, and honors Filmmakers’ legacy as hub for artistic experimentation and innovation. Second screening Nov 14 features Roger Jacoby, Peggy Awesh and Stephanie Beroes.

The prolific artist and filmmaker Stan Brakhage visited Pittsburgh In the fall of 1970 at the request of Sally Dixon, curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s former Film and Video Department. Facilitated by Filmmakers’ then-director Robert Haller, Brakhage generated hundreds of hours of observational footage, leading to a trio of documentary films that are now considered to be his masterworks. 

Post-screening roundtable with: 
Bill Judson, former curator, Carnegie Museum of Art Film and Video Department
Victor Grauer, filmmaker, ethnomusicologist
Charles Glassmire, filmmaker, teacher, publisher of Film Feedback

Curated by Ben Ogrodnik, PhD candidate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies Program; co-organized by Lauren Goshinski, Dir. of Exhibitions & Programming