Past Exhibitions

Drawing on Film

Drawing on Film

“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.

Drawing on FilmThe exhibition was organized by the Drawing Center in New York and curated by João Ribas. The series will present works spanning from the late 1930s to the present and will highlight 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.

Featuring works by Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Amy Granat, Pierre Hébert, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, Bärbel Neubauer, Jenny Perlin, Jennifer Reeves, Richard Reeves, Dieter Roth, Harry Smith and Jennifer West. The exhibition will transform the Lee Gallery into a screening room with a 74-minute program of films by 11 artists that will screen several times daily.

A separate evening screening of work by Stan Brakage will be shown in 16 mm format on Oct. 30. On Oct. 2 Amy Granat will screen her scratch films as part of a live performance and collaboration with composer Stefan Tcherepnin.

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

Image Credits: (above) Bärbel Neubauer, Roots, 1996, 35mm film, 3:44 min, © Bärbel Neubauer. Courtesy Center for Visual Music (film still). (right) Richard Reeves, Linear Dreams, 1997, 35mm film, 7 min. © Richard Reeves (film strip detail).