This month will see the debut of International House Philadelphia’s original exhibition Pop Cinema: Art and Film in the UK and US, 1950s – 1970s. Curated by William Kaizen, Assistant Professor of Aesthetics and Critical Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, this three night program provides a rare glimpse into the cinematic achievements of the mid-20th century Pop Art movement. The first night (Thursday April 28, 7:00 PM) is UK Pop featuring six short films by the likes of Lindsay Anderson, Ken Russell, and Tony Richardson. The second night (Friday April 29, 7:00 PM) is US Pop featuring 14 films by such esteemed names as Bruce Conner, Kenneth Anger, and Chuck Braverman. On Saturday April 30 at 2:00 PM there will be a Pop Art and Cinema panel discussion with curator Kaizen, art historian Kalliopi Minioudaki, U. of Michigan Museum of Art Associate Curator Jacob Proctor, and filmmaker Derek Boshier. Boshier’s 1970 short film Link will be screened that evening at 7:00 PM followed by Peter Whitehead and Niki de Saint Phalle’s 1973 feature film Daddy.
The I-House received a $29,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to assemble this program, which will be sent on tour around the U.S. accompanied by the venue’s first original publication since 1989’s Latin American Visions. It’s a huge achievement for the venue, which continues to serve as the benchmark for Philly-area repertory programming. This series must be supported…see you there.
Visit the official site for screening details.
As a means of further justifying the praise above, the TATE MODERN has just announced that they will be screening the traveling film showcase From Ecstasy to Rapture: 50 Years of the Other Spanish Cinema. The I-House screened this series back in December 2010, the third venue to do so. Represent! Keep it reel.