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The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor

On view through mid-February 2015
Galleries


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 characteristics.

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.

Rosa Barba, The Long Road, 2010, 35mm color film, optical sound, 7 minutes, looped, Courtesy of the artist, Gi Marconi, Milan; and Meyer Riegger, Berlin

Rosa Barba, Stating the Real Sublime, 2009, 16mm film and modified projector, 2 minutes, 30 seconds, looped, Courtesy of the artist, Gi Marconi, Milan; and Meyer Riegger, Berlin

Matthew Buckingham, False Future, 2007, Continuous color 16mm film projection with sound, folding chairs, canvas, steel cable, 10 minutes, looped, Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

Tacita Dean, The Green Ray, 2001, 16mm color film, 2 minutes 30 seconds, looped, Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris; and Frith Street Gallery, London

Rodney Graham, Torqued Chandelier Release, 2005, 35mm silent color film, purpose built projector, screen, 5 minutes, looped, Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London

Lisa Oppenheim, Smoke, 2013, Two channel digital video animation, looped, Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam; and the Approach, London

Lisa Oppenheim, Yule Log, 2009, 16mm film, silent, 6 minutes, looped, Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Juliet Jongma, Amsterdam; and the Approach, London

Simon Starling, Black Drop, 2012, 35mm film transferred to DVD, black and white, 27:42 minutes, looped, Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

This exhibition is supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and an anonymous donor.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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