Witness "Drawing on Film" through live performance

A Live Performance on Direct Film: Amy Granat and Stefan Tcherepnin
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Rose Art Museum
$5 suggested donation
Amy Granat
WALTHAM, Mass. -- As a celebration of contemporary direct filmmakers today, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis will present a talk and screening-performance by Amy Granat, whose work is featured in this fall’s “Drawing on Film” exhibition. For this performance, Granat will collaborate with composer Stefan Tcherepnin to explore the audio and visual aspects of her technique, which uses a controlled process involving manually scratching the surface of 16mm film with razors, hole punchers and other tools to create abstract images in motion.

Multiple looped films will project simultaneously on the walls of the gallery and as the artist’s marks pass through a projector’s optical sound head, Tcherepnin will amplify and manipulate the resulting “sounds of light” using a Serge Modular System (a vintage analogue synthesizer built by Tcherepnin’s uncle, the pioneering instrument builder Serge Tcherepnin).

Born in 1976 in Saint Louis, Mo., Amy Granat received her bachelor’s from Bard College in 1998. She has shown in numerous institutions including P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, Palais de Tokyo, The Kitchen, NY, The Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and was recently included in the 2008 Whitney biennial. She currently lives and works in New York.

“Drawing on Film” surveys the practice of “direct film” -- the process of drawing, scratching or otherwise manipulating film stock to create images without a camera. The exhibition was organized by the Drawing Center in New York and curated by João Ribas. The series presents works spanning from the late 1930s to the present and highlights an overlooked facet of experimental film. Many of the films are seminal examples within the history of the genre, while more contemporary works are being screened for the first time. By showcasing films from eight decades, the exhibition will present an overview of the rich legacy of direct film.

Drawing on Film was organized by The Drawing Center, New York. The center acknowledges The Liman Foundation/Doug Liman for its generous support of this exhibition.

For more information about this event, contact Emily Mello at emello@brandeis.edu or 781-736-3429.

About the Rose Art Museum

Located on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., The Rose Art Museum was founded in 1961. Over the past 40 years The Rose has earned a considerable reputation for its collections and exhibitions. The collection contains significant holdings in post-War American art including iconic works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem DeKooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and numerous others.

The Brandeis art collection of approximately 6,000 objects is considered one of the most significant and comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary art in New England. During the past four decades, The Rose has organized landmark exhibitions including Bruce Conner’s and Louise Nevelson's first one-person exhibitions (1965 and 1967 respectively), Frank Stella’s Protractor Series (1969), the first US museum video art exhibition “Vision and Television” (1970), Helen Frankenthaler’s work from the 1950s (1981), Kiki Smith' and Ellen Gallagher’s first one-person museum exhibitions (1981 and 1993), and the award-winning “More than Minimal” (1996); Roxy Paine (2002); Barry McGee (2003), and “DreamingNow” (2004).

Photo credit:

Amy Granat, Film made by Amy Granat's NYU Class, "Valentines Day Film," 2008, 16mm film, 6:57 min. Film still. 

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