The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor
On view through January 2015
With the rapid disappearance of photochemical film, many visual artists stand out among the group of dedicated filmmakers who choose to use light-sensitive film rather than digital formats. Museums and galleries thus become a critical part of efforts to preserve a technology and discipline that is beginning to fade.
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor features the work of 6 artists — Rosa Barba, Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Lisa Oppenheim, and Simon Starling — “who capitalize on film's particular visual, material, aural, and even metaphoric
Film's associations with light, motion, perception, time — and now obsolescence — are among the themes evident in the MASS MoCA exhibition, as is the history of film and its close relationship to the technological advances of the last century and a half. A mix of atmospheric, documentary, and sculptural works, the ensemble of works in the exhibition speak to the past and the future, vision, technology, beauty, faith, and even death.
The Green Ray, 2001 (detail)
Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris and Frith Street Gallery, London
Two channel digital video animation, looped;
Courtesy the artist; Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam; and The approach, London
Torqued Chandelier Release, 2005;
35mm color film, purpose-built projector at 48 fps, 5 minutes, looped;
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
Black Drop, 2012
35mm black and white film transferred to HD, sound, 27 minutes 42 seconds, looped; Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York
The Long Road, 2010
35mm color film, optical sound, 7 minutes, looped;
Courtesy the artist; Gió Marconi, Milan; and Meyer Riegger, Berlin
This exhibition is supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and an anonymous donor.